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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Asha Jackson announces bid for Atlanta's House District 58

An Atlanta attorney has announced her candidacy to represent East Atlanta, Cabbagetown and West DeKalb neighborhoods in the state House.

Asha Jackson, an East Atlanta resident and partner at Atlanta firm Carlock, Copeland and Stair, is the second person to join the House District 58 race. Robbin Shipp, the district's former representative, resigned last month.

"I'm extremely excited about this opportunity for our district," Jackson said in a press release. "It's an honor to be asked to run and follow up on the good work done by Rep. Shipp. There are a lot of challenges facing our neighborhoods - the need for better schools, more good jobs with good benefits, and more affordable healthcare - I know together we can make Fulton and DeKalb counties an even better place to live, work and raise our families."

Jackson, a Tulane Law School graduate, is the founder of the Atlanta Urban League Young Professionals Group, a community- and youth-oriented service organization. She also works with Planned Parenthood, A Crystal Stair Inc., Decatur-based City of Hope Ministries, and the Atlanta Renewal Community Coordinating Responsible Authority, a nonprofit organization tasked with boosting economic development, job training and youth programs in traditionally under-served areas of Atlanta. Jackson defends complex litigation and tort cases.

Her opponent in the still-unscheduled special election is Cabbagetown resident and political consultant Michael McPherson.

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