Jonathan L. Jackson

Candidate for US House - 1st District

Candidate Q&A

Why are you running?

I am proud that I worked to secure voting rights, expand economic programs, and investigate child smuggling through letters to Homeland Security. Additionally, I supported the Farmer Bill, which includes various programs, including those for urban areas.

How has your district been impacted by the migrant crisis and what do you think should be done?

The district, especially in urban areas, is facing challenges due to the migration crisis. While it is essential to address this issue with compassion and understanding, ensuring that resources are distributed relatively is also necessary. We can work towards finding a solution that benefits migrants and Americans without causing undue burden on either group. We must strive to balance the budget and allocate resources in a responsible manner to ensure that everyone receives the support they need. 

What do you think immigration reform in Congress should look like?

To maintain a strong relationship, it's important that we establish a clear and inclusive pathway. We must prioritize the needs of our citizens, especially those who lack access to proper resources. One way to achieve this is by adopting a foreign policy that supports our values and promotes stability. As such, I believe that lifting the sanctions on Venezuela would go a long way in preventing people from having to flee their homeland. Let's work together to build a more equitable and prosperous future for all. 

How important is bipartisanship to you and what issues have you worked on across the aisle or with people who don't uniformly share your beliefs?

Bipartisanship is crucial to me because it brings people with different opinions together for the benefit of our citizens. Representative Mark Alford (R-MO) recently introduced the Small Business Administration (SBA) Rural Performance Report Act. This act aims to enhance transparency between small business owners in rural areas and the SBA, specifically the Office of Rural Affairs (ORA).

It's heartening to see bipartisan efforts in action, as Representative Jim Baird (R-IN) and Representative Majorie Green (R-GA) teamed up with 32 other Congress members to introduce the Marshall "Major" Taylor Congressional Gold Medal Act. The proposed bill will bestow a well-deserved Congressional Gold Medal posthumously to Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor, who broke barriers as America's first black sports star. The legislation honors his trailblazing achievements and recognizes his immense contributions to our nation as a pioneering athlete. It's a positive step towards acknowledging and celebrating the groundbreaking accomplishments of underrepresented communities in our country.

What action, if any, do you want to see next on abortion access after the Dobbs decision?

Every woman should have the fundamental right to make decisions about her own body. No one else should be able to dictate what she can or cannot do with it. This is why I strongly support the pro-choice movement, which advocates for a woman's right to access safe and legal abortion services, as well as comprehensive reproductive healthcare. It's crucial that women have the freedom to choose what's best for them and their families without facing stigma or shame. We must ensure that women have the resources and support they need to make informed decisions about their bodies and their future.

Did Joe Biden legitimately win the 2020 presidential race?


Should the United States provide Ukraine with money in its fight against Russia?


Should the United States provide Ukraine with aid in the form of military supplies?


Should the U.S. provide Israel with money in its fight against Hamas?


Should the United States provide Israel with aid in the form of military supplies in its fight against Hamas?


Should there be a law requiring background checks on all gun sales?


Should Congress pass a federal law banning semi-automatic assault-style weapons and large-capacity magazines to help address gun violence?