By: Lanetra Bennett
November 4, 2013
Gretna, FL -- With his wife by his side, Tallahassee pastor, Clarence Jackson, announced this morning that he is running for the Florida House of Representatives, District 8.
Jackson is the former Mayor of Gretna. The current Mayor and other city officials attended Jackson's press conference at the Gretna City Hall at 10 a.m. this morning, as well as dozens of supporters.
Jackson says his modest, "common man" background makes him the better man to relate to and better serve citizens.
He says, "The State House needs more of a common touch from a common man. I know what it's like to struggle. I know what's it's like to go through trials and tribulations; and I think the state government will be better if more people were interested in running for political office who understood struggle."
Jackson serves on a number of boards, including the board of directors for the Gadsden Tourist Development Council.
The State Division of Elections website lists the following names for the District 8 seat:
Alexander, Ramon Jermaine (DEM) Active
Jackson, Clarence Makarios (DEM) Active
Johnson, Lee Bradford (Brad) (DEM) Active
Williams, Alan (DEM) *Incumbent
Representative Williams has told WCTV that he is exploring the possibility of running for the Tallahassee City Commission.
Press Release: The Sanders Group
North Florida Community Leader, Clarence Jackson announced his candidacy for Seat 8 in the Florida House of Representatives this Monday. Jackson served as Mayor from 2011-2013 after first being elected to the city commission in 2010. As a Leading Municipal Official, he has been a key figure in the unparalleled and unprecedented economic growth and development the city has seen over the past four years. Through Annexation, Public Private Partnerships, and operating with a balanced budget the framework for greater growth in Gretna has been established under his watch.
Jackson not only has municipal experience but he also has a proven record of commitment to community. Currently he serves on the board of directors for the Gadsden Tourist Development Council, Vice Chairman of The Gadsden Community Health Council, and serves as board member of the Big Bend’s leading HIV/AIDS service organization Big Bend Cares.
Throughout the years Jackson has been lauded by State and Local Governmental Bodies for his tireless efforts as a community servant. In 2000 he received the key to the city of Chattahoochee and in 2010 he was recognized by State Representative Alan Williams for efforts in support of the Clinton-Bush Haiti Earthquake relief initiative. In 2013 he was honored by Governor Rick Scott for his commitment to Faith Based Outreach where he spoke before the Governor and Cabinet about his ministry’s efforts to provide a constant supply of food and clothing through the Farm Share Project and other partnerships.
Jackson is a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee Class 28 and this past January, Tallahassee Community College featured Jackson in the Cherry Alexander African American History Calendar in honor of his outstanding efforts to give back to the community that he and his wife Dee have been proud to call home and raise their family in. For 20 years he has been a minister and in 2013 launched The Destiny Center Tallahassee where he serves as Lead Pastor.
Asked about his Endorsement of Jackson, Former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives James Harold Thompson said “I’ve known Clarence his whole life and I’m very proud of his accomplishments and his commitment to civic duty. He will make an excellent member of the Florida House and represent District 8 and Florida well.”