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Jackson heads to runoff with predecessor


It was a heated race for the District 39 State Senate seat Saturday night, and in the end Senator Lydia Jackson pulled in 43% of the vote, not quite enough to win outright. Gregory Tarver had 42% of the vote.  They're now headed for a runoff.

Despite claims made by Tarver on election night that he has done more for the community, Senator Jackson boasts what she calls effective and honest leadership. "I think I've been an effective leader who has delivered tangible results for this district," said Jackson. "I have not been a part of the 'good ol boy' politics of the past."

Jackson, a graduate of Captain Shreve High School, was first elected to the Senate in 2003. In Baton Rouge she has worked diligently to support children, to improve neighborhoods and to make healthcare more affordable.

Some of her work includes: passing five bills to strengthen child support payment and collection laws, restoring six million dollars in the 2012 budget for youth services to continue juvenile justice reform, helping secure more than $700,000 for local neighborhood and economic development projects in several neighborhoods (including the MLK and Queensborough Neighborhoods).

Jackson is endorsed by Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover and U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu along with various other community leaders. Jackson's supporters refer to her as "the people's Senator."

The runoff election between Senator Jackson and Tarver will be held November 19th. KSLA News 12 will cover it extensively, so tune in on air and online at ksla.com. Click here for additional information about Senator Jackson.

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