Successful Columbus criminal defense attorney Stacey Jackson confirmed Tuesday he will seek the Republican nomination for the Georgia House seat currently held by Democrat Debbie Buckner.
Jackson, who was raised in Harris County and still resides there, said the question is not why he should seek the District 137 seat, which covers Talbot County and parts of Harris, Meriwether, and Muscogee counties.
“The question is almost why not?” Jackson said Tuesday morning. “I grew up in Harris County. My father was an educator in Talbot County and the principal at Central-Talbotton in the 1980s before he move to Harris County-Carver Middle School. My mother is assistant principal at Harris County High School. I have relatives in Meriwether County and relatives in Columbus. It makes sense.”
It possibly sets up an interesting November race with Jackson, a black Republican, against Bucker, a white Democrat, in a district that is slightly majority black and heavily rural once you get out of the Midland area of Columbus.
Seth Harp, a former state senator and local Republican party chairman, was pleased to hear Jackson, 39, was running. Harp lives in the district and said he would be supporting Jackson.
“First of all, he has strong Republican leanings,” Harp said. “The second thing is he is a highly competent and capable person and attorney.”
Jackson said he will make a public announcement in the next week or so. He said he has not begun to raise campaign funds, but has been talking to people about helping to finance the run. Jackson has an advantage early because incumbents are restricted from taking campaign contributions during the session, which started Monday and will likely end in mid-March.