October 4, 1978|
Bossier City, Louisiana, U.S.
|Service/||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1996–2016|
|Rank||Petty officer first class|
Jackson grew up in Bossier City, Louisiana. He served in the U.S. Navy for twenty years, earning the rank of petty officer, first class before retiring in August of 2016. In 2018, he is running for Governor of Illinois as the Libertarian Party of Illinois candidate.
In September 2016, Jackson founded the parents' rights organization Restoring Freedom. He had previously spent over $40,000 fighting a custody case (while in service). Jackson began his advocacy with a tour of American cities, beginning in Olympia, Washington and ending in Washington, D.C. Since then, Restoring Freedom expanded its focus to other civil rights causes in the United States. Jackson has advocated for the property rights of American indigenous people in relation to the Dakota Access Pipeline.  In November and December of 2016, Jackson spoke to audiences of native Americans and activists at the Oceti Sakowin peace camp.
Jackson is a proponent of HB 4113, a bill in the Illinois House of Representatives that would establish a rebuttable presumption of 50/50 shared custody in divorce cases. Supporters cite studies that 50/50 custody leads to better outcomes for the child, and that a presumption of 50/50 custody would reduce litigation and associated costs in divorce cases.
Ranked choice votingEdit
Jackson supports instituting ranked-choice voting and proportional representation (single transferable vote) in Illinois. Ranked choice voting allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference, and eliminates wasted votes. Ranked choice voting was adopted in Maine in 2018.
Criminal justice reformEdit
Jackson supports releasing people convicted of victimless crimes, including nonviolent drug offenses, and would expunge their records. He supports redirecting costs associated with incarceration to job training programs.
Jackson supports switching to defined-contribution plans for future state employees and current employees who opt in.
Local government consolidationEdit
Jackson advocates consolidating school districts to reduce administrative overhead.
2018 gubernatorial electionEdit
Since 2017, Jackson has been campaigning as a Libertarian candidate for Governor of Illinois in the 2018 gubernatorial election. He was selected from among 3 candidates to be the gubernatorial nominee of the Libertarian Party of Illinois at a statewide convention on March 3, 2018. His running mate is Lieutenant Governor candidate Sanj Mohip.
On June 25, 2018, the Libertarian Party of Illinois statewide candidates filed a petition containing over 47,000 signatures in order to appear on the November ballot, exceeding the requirement of 25,000 signatures.
On June 26, 2018, an opposition dump was released containing documents from Jackson's custody case, highlighting accusations of abuse from his ex-wife and containing court documents showing that Mr. Jackson has failed to remit child support payments.
According to the documents, Jackson was ordered to pay nearly $16,000 in back payments in 2017 which led to his incarceration for a "few nights" for contempt of court. Additionally, Jackson was found in contempt of court for failure to pay and was ordered to remit $3,067 of his outstanding $6,067 in fees by August 6th, 2018 or face six months in prison.
In response, Jackson said that his ex-wife's claims are false allegations. He stated that his child support payments amount to 40% of his monthly income, and that his judge, Joseph Salvi, would not reduce Jackson's child support payment when his pay dropped. Jackson said he will come up with the money to pay the amount ordered.
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