Jason Hughes, a lifelong resident of New Orleans East, is running for the District 100 seat because he says the state is at a crossroads. In addition to being on the eve of redistricting and reapportionment, the legislature will lose considerable institutional knowledge in upcoming session with the departures of 49 term-limited lawmakers.
As such, Hughes touts his more than 15 years of experience in government and public policy as a senior advisor to elected officials, and his having been in the trenches of the local community as reasons voters should choose him to represent District 100.
Hughes top priorities for the District are early childhood education, healthcare and mental health services, economic development, affordable housing, career and technical training for youth, and public transportation.
Hughes was assistant legislative director and senior policy manager for the late Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco; regional manager/legislative liaison for former U.S. Sen. Mary L Landrieu; and executive director for governmental and external affairs for the Office of the President at Southern University and A&M College.
He has served as chairman of New Orleans Planning Commission, as a board member of the McDonogh 35 Senior High School Alumni Association, and as a member of the Southern University Alumni Federation and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He is also a former commissioner New Orleans Redevelopment Authority.
Hughes is a graduate of McDonogh 35 Senior High School and he holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Southern University A&M’s Nelson Mandela School Of Public Policy And Urban Affairs.
Anthony Jackson Jr.
Anthony Jackson Jr., says he’s the best candidate for District 100 because he is independent, honest, transparent and he has done the work.
His main goal, he says, is to put people to work and put dollars in people’s pockets.
If elected, Jackson will focus on economic and business development, trade schools and job training, crime reduction and public safety, and education opportunities to improve the quality of life in District 100.
Jackson says is committed to working with experts and organizations in each of the priority areas to ensure that everyone provides input on his legislative agenda.
Jackson wants to secure funding for economic development initiatives, including a marketing campaign to encourage business development in the District, small business workshops, and public-private partnerships that will invest in both business creation and job development in New Orleans East.
Jackson doesn’t think taxpayer dollars should be used for private education vouchers. He thinks Act 91 should be thrown out and the entire system re-evaluated, he says.
Jackson is a member of the 100 Black Men, president of the NOPD Police Community Advisory Board-7th District, a volunteer with the Police And Justice Foundation, Crime Stoppers, and the Silverback Society.
At age 22, Jackson is the youngest candidate in the race. He is a graduate of the NOPD Citizens Academy and youth advocate for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Jackson attended Brother Martin High School and he is currently a senior at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, where he is majoring in criminal justice.