It has been an honor and a privilege to run for State Senator and I want to thank you for giving me this opportunity.
I am deeply grateful to each and every one who made calls and stuffed envelopes in our Headquarters, or stood outside a subway station or polling site to hand out campaign literature, or sent in a donation, came to a House Party or joined me on my “Run for Peace,” or simply urged their friends to support me or greeted me with a smile at my daily morning subway stops.
While we fell short, we can all hold our heads high and be proud of the race we ran. We worked hard, put together an amazing and diverse coalition of support and ran with energy, heart and integrity – standing up for the right priorities, staying true to the principles in which we believe. We stood for better schools for our children, creating jobs and opportunity for workers, passing the Women's Equality Act and a minimum wage increase, providing affordable housing and protecting seniors and we stood up for full-time leadership that fights for the people every single day.
While this campaign has ended, the work goes on and the challenges continue. My commitment to the community and causes came long before I decided to run, and will continue now that this race is over. I don’t know exactly what the future holds, but I do know that I will continue my lifetime fight for education, hope and opportunity and to give every child the chance to succeed.
I am proud of all we have accomplished and look forward to continue working with you for our community. You can email me at RobertJacksonNewYork@gmail.com with your thoughts, ideas and concerns. I hope you will stay in touch.
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"When it comes to standing up and fighting for what is right, no one works harder, no one speaks louder and no one has more courage and energy than Robert Jackson," said CWA Local 1180 President Arthur Cheliotes. "Robert comes from poverty and has never stopped working to knock down barriers and create opportunity for others. He has fought for jobs and better working conditions, affordable housing and accessible health care and has been tireless in fighting for every child to receive a good public school education. He knows how to get things done and has a record to prove it. Robert Jackson will make a great State Senator and we are excited to join his team and help him win.”
Please join us to take part in Robert Jackson’s Run for Peace. No matter your age, economic status, race, ethnicity, country of origin, sexual orientation, age or religion, or whether or not you are religious, you can join Robert to run for peace, or join him at one of his stops to promote peace at home and abroad. We look forward to having as many of you as possible joining us this Sunday!
Citizens Union - the State's leading voice combating corruption and fighting for political reform - announced their support for Robert Jackson. They praised Robert's energy and committment and said, "Citizens Union prefers Jackson, because of his strong passion, commitment to both his community and larger scale reforms, including campaign finance reform, and experience which has proven him to be a consistent and effective advocate."
They also questioned incumbent Adriano Espaillat's effectiveness. They said, "we question [Espaillat's] ability to advance reform in the state senate due to his high absentee rate in Albany and too many missed votes on important state issues, which has deprived his constituents of a solid presence in Albany during his two congressional runs."
“CSA is proud to endorse Robert Jackson for State Senate. Bob has been a longtime advocate for education both as a Community School Board President and the Chair of the Education Committee in the City Council,” said Ernest Logan, President of CSA. “As the individual who spearheaded the Campaign for Fiscal Equality lawsuit, demanding equal funding for all, he has demonstrated his commitment to the children of our city. We know that as a New York State Senator he will continue this struggle on behalf of children. Our students are the city’s most precious resource; providing them with a safe and a nurturing learning environment is a top priority for school leaders. We should accept nothing less than the best of conditions for our schools, and that is why CSA so enthusiastically endorses Robert Jackson for State Senate."
“Robert Jackson has a proven record of taking bold action and getting real results,” said Assemblyman O’Donnell. “Well beyond the remarkable leadership he’s provided on education, Robert has been an effective fighter for tenants’ rights and more affordable housing, fair wages and job training, and for equality and basic justice for all. While some people just talk about issues, Robert Jackson has the tenacity, passion and commitment to get the job done. He will be a strong partner in Albany fighting to make our streets safer, our schools better and to preserve and improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods. I'm proud to endorse Robert Jackson today."