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Lt. gov. hopeful visits area
Jackson meets with supporters at Dutch Inn
E.W. Jackson (left) of Chesapeake, who is seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for lieutenant governor, is shown with Jeff Williams, chairman of Martinsville Republican Committee, at a breakfast Thursday at the Dutch Inn in Collinsville. (Contributed photo)
Friday, February 15, 2013
By BY PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer
E.W. Jackson of Chesapeake, who is seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for lieutenant governor, met with about 40 supporters at a breakfast Thursday at the Dutch Inn in Collinsville.
He never has held elected public office and unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2012, according to Jackson and his campaign website. He lost to George Allen in the Republican primary that year, according to online information.
On the issues, according to Jackson and his website, he favors reasserting the 9th and 10th amendments, limiting the federal government to its enumerated powers and reasserting the rights of citizens and the sovereignty of the commonwealth of Virginia.
He supports defending religious liberty by resisting President Barack Obama’s health care reform and demanding a taxpayer bill of rights “to stop unbridled growth of government in Virginia.” He supports ending unfunded state mandates on local governments and permanently defunding Planned Parenthood.
He believes, “State economic policy must foster small business, which hires most of our residents. Giving regulatory advantages and tax benefits to corporations over small businesses allows politics rather than the free market to pick winners and losers,” his website states.
According to Jackson and his website, he supports a state constitutional amendment to recognize and establish the right of parents to determine where and how their children will be educated.
In an interview, Jackson, 61, said in many ways the nation is dispirited because of such things as a poorly performing economy and high unemployment. “We need leadership like Ronald Reagan that inspires,” he said.
Jackson said he stands for such things as individual liberty, personal responsibility, entrepreneurship and innovation. He said the commonwealth’s government should not be allowed to raise taxes or grow in size beyond the rate of inflation and the growth of the economy.
According to Jackson’s website, he served three years in the Marine Corps and graduated with a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude with a Phi Beta Kappa Key from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Three years later, he graduated from Harvard Law School with a Juris Doctor. While in law school, he was accepted into the Baptist ministry and studied theology at Harvard Divinity School.
He practiced small business law for 15 years in Boston and taught regulatory law as an adjunct professor at the graduate level at Northeastern University in Boston. Since returning to his ancestral home in Virginia in 1998, he has taught graduate courses in business and commercial law at Strayer University in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, according to his website.
He retired from his private law practice in 1997 to devote full time to ministry, but he still taught law “and maintained both his avid interest in — and commitment to — civic and political responsibility,” according to his website.
Jackson founded Exodus Faith Ministries, a nondenominational Christian church in Chesapeake with a satellite in Boston. On July 4, 2009, he launched S.T.A.N.D. — Staying True to America’s National Destiny, “a national organization dedicated to restoring America’s founding values, which were informed by the principles found within the Jewish and Christian faiths,” according to his campaign website.
S.T.A.N.D., with Jackson as president, aided in the 2012 Virginia and national election efforts.
More recently, he launched Exodus Now, “a national effort to encourage Christians and other people of moral values within the black community to leave the current Democratic Party because its current leadership has abandoned the founding principles of this nation,” according to his campaign website. His YouTube videos in support of that effort were played on shows by Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham.
He chairs the Conservative Emergency Task Force, according to his website.
He managed a gospel radio station for 10 years and hosted local and national radio talk shows. His articles have been published nationally and internationally. He has been a guest on a number of national and state TV and radio shows and other media outlets.
The lieutenant governor’s election will be Nov. 5.