Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona has endorsed Jack Jackson, Jr. for State Senate in Legislative District 2. Jackson is a member of the Navajo Nation, from the Near The Water (Tó’áhaní) Clan, and born for the Towering House (Kinyaa’áanii) Clan. His maternal grandfather is from the Water’s Edge (Tábąąhá) Clan, and his paternal grandfather is from the Salt (Áshįįhí) Clan. He was born and raised on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. Jackson is a lifelong Democrat who served as a delegate to both the 2004 and 2008 Democratic Conventions.
After obtaining his Juris Doctorate degree from the Syracuse University School of Law in 1989, Jackson moved to Washington, DC where he worked for 12 years representing tribal governments and organizations. In 1997, Jackson became the Director of Governmental Affairs for the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest, largest, and most representative Indigenous advocacy organization in the nation.
Jack Jackson, Jr. is also a strong advocate for choice and sexual health. On February 2, 2010, Jackson was appointed to serve on President Obama’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. He previously sat on President Clinton’s HIV/AIDS Council in 1999. He has also served on the boards of the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center, and Phoenix Body Positive. As a member of the Arizona State House of Representatives in 2003-2004, Jackson voted against restrictions that would have limited access to abortion.
“Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona is proud to endorse Jack Jackson Jr. for the Arizona senate in LD 2,” said Michelle Steinberg, of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona. “Jackson has been a strong advocate for women and women’s rights in public service as a former legislator. As an Arizona senator, he will continue to fight for women and reproductive health care rights.”
Jackson explains that he was motivated to run for the Arizona State Senate because, “our state faces some tough challenges. Our budget is out of balance, our education system is being decimated, and tribal communities are being hit especially hard. My father, Senator Jack Jackson, Sr. worked tirelessly for twenty years addressing similar issues. I can no longer sit idly by, watching his legacy get dismantled.”
“The voters in Arizona’s LD 2 want to elect a champion of women’s health,” said Bryan Howard, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona. “Jack Jackson Jr. is that candidate. He will stand up for women and families and put commonsense health care needs ahead of ideology and politics.”
Visit Jack Jackson, Jr.’s wbesite for more information about his campaign. For a complete list of PPAA endorsed candidates, visit www.advocatesaz.org.