Dr. Frances “Vinell” Jackson is running for North Carolina House District 45. Her education, professional experience, community service and values make her the best candidate to represent the citizens of North Carolina’s House District 45. Frances is a dedicated Democrat committed to serving the best interests of her community.
Frances was born, raised and received her initial education in Cumberland County. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Transportation and Economics at North Carolina A&T State University. She then earned a Master of Arts in Political Science at Fayetteville State University and a PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University.
Frances has had an extensive career in state and local government. After college, she served for 11 years as a transportation and community planner at the Cumberland County Planning Department. Next, she served as a Zoning Administrator and Transportation Director in Hoke County. She then served as a Transit Analyst for the City of Fayetteville. She taught high school civics and economics at Hoke County High School, and most recently she served as a Cumberland County Magistrate. Her experiences in public policy and public service have prepared her well to represent House District 45.
Education Funding and Quality
Frances believes that every student in North Carolina deserves access to a high quality education. As a State Representative, she will work to invest in North Carolina’s public schools to ensure that every student receives the best public school education possible.
As a former Civics and Economics teacher and current adjunct instructor, Frances understands and supports educators. She will fight for timely raises for teachers as well as other education workers who help our students thrive, including bus drivers, custodians and cafeteria workers.
Frances understands that every North Carolinian deserves access to quality, affordable healthcare. She will work to expand access to health insurance for more residents, which will improve the health of our state while reducing costs for everyone.
Jobs & Economy
Frances recognizes that the bedrock of our community is our workforce. As a state representative, she will work to expand local education and workforce training programs to help grow the economy, particularly in rural areas of North Carolina.
“N.C. House District 45: Frances Jackson wins Democratic primary” – Fay Observer
To flip these chambers, Democrats need to win 5 Senate seats and 6 House seats. Momentum is on our side: in 2018, Democrats broke Republican supermajorities in both chambers. We can build on this energy to flip at least one chamber in 2020.
Flipping a chamber would give Democrats a critical seat at the redistricting table. As in many states, Republicans in North Carolina brutally gerrymandered the maps in their favor in the last round of redistricting. As one example, 2018 Democratic candidates for NC House received 51% of the vote, but only won 45% of the seats.
We can prevent this by flipping a chamber and ensuring that Democrats have a voice in the next round of redistricting. This is particularly important because the Governor in NC does not have veto power over the maps. So even when Democratic Governor Roy Cooper wins re-election, we will still need Democratic control of a chamber to have a say in redistricting.
As happened in Virginia in 2019, a number of NC districts have recently been redrawn, after courts held they were illegally gerrymandered in favor of Republicans. The new maps are not a slam-dunk for Democrats, but they do provide new opportunities.
Democratic Governor Roy Cooper is up for re-election in 2020. It’ll be a competitive race, and his reelection campaign will help drive resources and get-out-the-vote efforts for down-ballot candidates.
These are ‘last chance’ races: whoever is elected in 2020 will draw the next round of district lines.