District D candidate asks for no campaign donations
Joel Jackson, who is the sole challenger against incumbent Jared Brossett for District D, decided to start refusing any campaign donations last week.
The entrepreneur shared on his Facebook campaign page on Sept. 26 that he didn’t want citizens of the district to feel like they had to donate money to have someone on City Council advocate for them. Jackson said he praises the legislation Brossett has pushed through and supported, but he thinks the councilman could work on listening to his district.
“My idea going into this was instead of career politicians going on the city council, maybe it should just be normal citizens who engage in their community,” Jackson said.
Jackson said those wishing to support him or his platform can make their donation to advocacy groups instead or purchase a campaign t-shirt. Funds from shirts go toward supporting Jackson in connecting with the community, like helping him pay for the bus he rented for the Family Ties Social Aid Pleasure Club Second Line on Sunday, Oct 1.
“I want to try and make an impact, as far as hand-shaking and talking to people,” Jackson said. “The platform is always evolving and it’s based on what I’m hearing from people in my district.”
Friends and supporters of Jackson rode the bus with him and met up with the second line parade at North Broad and Bell Chasse Street.
Michael Kohn, a longtime friend of Jackson’s, said the main attraction to his platform is criminal justice reform.
“People shouldn’t be put in jail for misdemeanors,” Kohn said. “There should be a second chance for everybody.”
Mahasin Muhammad, who met Jackson at the second line, said they spoke about affordable housing and agreed that New Orleans natives have been priced out the city.
“From what I understand, he’s a common man, a person of consciousness, and he wants to make changes,” said Muhammad.
Jackson said that in Gentilly, he’s hearing about over-incarceration, affordable housing, and a living minimum wage. Jackson’s platform has covered removing the city’s traffic cameras, establishing a living wage for citizens, and advocating for criminal justice reform. Supporting criminal justice reform is a topic Jackson said he plans to continue working on after the election.
“Let’s look at our universities, businesses, advocacy partners, community partners and figure out a positive thing for people to do who have misdemeanor infractions, as opposed to spending time in jail,” Jackson said.
The weekend before the municipal city council elections on Saturday, Oct. 14, Jackson will be in a booth at Gentilly Fest, which starts this Friday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. at Pontchartrain Park on 5701 Press Drive.