Thank you for your interest in my campaign for Delaware State Representative.
I have lived all my life in the 16th Representative District, attending Elbert Palmer Elementary school and then Bancroft Middle school. After graduating from De La Warr High School, I joined the US Army during the Vietnam war. The war was over before I graduated from boot camp and I ended up serving 7 years at home and abroad, ending in Berlin, Germany during the Cold War. Among other commendations for honorable service, I am the recipient of both the Army of Occupation medal and the Good Conduct medal.
After my tour of duty ended, I returned home and started working at General Motors and completed an apprenticeship at Delaware Technical Community College. After 24 years at General Motors, I retired as a millwright / welder. Soon after, my second career started when I began hosting my own weekly TV and Radio shows, “The Urban Compass” and “The Linwood Jackson Radio show”, currently on WHGE 95.3 FM. It was here, that I continued discussing issues, solutions, and all the fun stuff too. As a seasoned actor, I regularly make appearances in films, television, community theater, documentaries, and commercials.
While working as a UAW 435 auto worker, our union went on strike twice, so I joined my fellow employees in walking the picket line both times. I also walked the picket line with UFCW Local 27, helping organize workers in forming a union at the Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. I am passionate about worker rights and civil rights, and I believe they go hand-in-hand. I have been twice elected President of the NAACP Delaware State Conference, as well as, twice elected Secretary of the NAACP Delaware State Conference.
In addition to being a fully paid life member of the NAACP, I am also a member of AFL-CIO, Coalition of Black Trades Union, the Monday Club, and a F&A Prince Hall Mason. I also serve the local community and the state at large as a member of the Board of Directors for the Wilmington Drama League, the steering committee of Delaware Racial Justice Coalition, and speaker for the AARP Life Reimagined and Fraud Watch programs. I also enjoyed the experience of serving as the South Bridge Civic Association Vice-President.
A common theme for me has been using all of these platforms to promote understanding and action on issues facing our communities. This broad-based experience is just what we need in Legislative Hall.
Raised by a single mother in the Southbridge projects of Wilmington, Delaware, with a community of strong women supporting her, I was taught the value of hard work and service to my community at a young age. I plan to carry those same values with me in representing the 16th District in Dover. These values will guide me in writing and passing strong Bills to protect health care for seniors & veterans, and also strengthen our clean energy industry and the Port of Wilmington. Other issues I am planning to address at Legislative Hall include protecting the right to organize, raise the minimum wage, equal pay for women, and outlaw discrimination against the LGBT community. I would also champion efforts to increase the film & TV industry in Delaware. My efforts in these areas so far have been recognized by the Delaware Press Association in receiving their Speech of the Year award, StartupAfrica’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year award, and The Smooth Groove Crew’s Lifetime Achievement award for promoting the arts and social justice.
I’m running for State Representative because we have a lot of work to do to support our kids, grow our economy, and improve our neighborhoods. We need leadership that will speak up for everyone. I’m committed to providing that leadership for Delaware.
Please join me in unity,
C. Linwood Jackson
Candidate for State Representative