Jackson to seek House 1 seat


Quentin Jackson


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Friday, December 22, 2017

HERTFORD — A little more than a month after winning election to Hertford Town Council, Quentin Jackson has his eyes set on higher public office.

Jackson, who was sworn in as a Hertford town councilor this month, said this week he plans to run as a Democrat for the state Legislature in the newly drawn 1st House District next year.

He joins two Republicans — Ed Goodwin and Candice “CV” Hunter — who have already announced theirs plans to seek the 1st House District seat, which is being vacated by state Rep. Bob Steinburg, R-Chowan. Steinburg has announced plans to seek the legislative seat in the newly drawn 1st Senate District. The current occupant of the seat, state Sen. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort, has said he’s not seeking re-election.  

The House district Goodwin, Hunter and now Jackson seek to represent has been redrawn to include Chowan, Perquimans, Tyrrell, Bertie, Washington and Camden counties.

Jackson, 32, said he had not thought about running for the Legislature when he made his bid for Hertord Town Council. He said it wasn’t until he woke up one day last week and realized that a Democrat needed to run in the 1st House District that he decided to announce he’ll make a bid.

“This race is a very important race and I think we need the right people to represent these counties,” Jackson said in a press release.

Jackson acknowledged it was an “extremely difficult” decision to shift gears so soon after taking office in Hertford and refocus on a state campaign. But he said he’s not turning his back on Hertford constituents who voted for him by seeking the House seat.

“I think that also I am diehard for Perquimans and I will be able to serve not only Hertford but the whole county” if he’s elected to the House.

Jackson owns a recovery and towing service and a couple of other small businesses. He also is a director’s assistant with Beach Funeral Services and Cremation.

He said he grew up in poverty and can relate to people who live in poverty, many of whom live in the six rural counties in the new House 1 district.

“I can relate to the people that live in those areas,” he said.

Jackson said there is no one issue that his campaign will focus on but that he will emphasize representing all the citizens of the new district.

“I want to come in and make sure that nobody is overlooked because of race, religion, color or ethnic background,” he said.

Jackson said he realizes but isn’t deterred by the fact that Republican-leaning voters make up the majority of the electorate in the district.

“I’m going to try to be as competitive as I know how,” he said.

He said he’s also not worried about being outspent by other candidates.

“I would rather people keep their money and give me their vote,” he said. 

Jackson may have to answer some voters’ questions about his past. 

According to state court records, Jackson has spent time on probation for criminal matters including assault and communicating threats. He also has been charged in a couple of longstanding child-support cases.

“It has been resolved, praise the Lord,” Jackson said, when asked about those child-support matters.

Jackson said he believes people who knew him in his early 20s and know him now can look at him and see he is living differently now. He said when he was 20 he did childish things but he’s grown up since then.

“I am happy with the man that I am today,” Jackson said.

The only current matter he has in court is a traffic offense in Pasquotank County, Jackson said.