BOWIE – Keith Alphonso Jackson, 21, will take on two longtime members of the city’s governing body after he recently filed his candidacy for incumbent Mayor G. Frederick Robinson’s seat in the election this November. “I’m running because I feel like I would like to serve the community and to continue the great strides forward […]
BOWIE – Keith Alphonso Jackson, 21, will take on two longtime members of the city’s governing body after he recently filed his candidacy for incumbent Mayor G. Frederick Robinson’s seat in the election this November.
“I’m running because I feel like I would like to serve the community and to continue the great strides forward that we have made,” Jackson said. “For instance, our bond rating is very high and I would like to keep that going well into my administration, if elected.”
Councilwoman Diane Polangin said she is “glad” Jackson jumped into the race.
“I’m glad that he jumped in; it’s the democratic way,” Polangin said. “He is very young and has no experience so I don’t know how he would expect to win, but I would never discourage somebody to run.”
Jackson, despite not having any experience in politics, thinks he is ready for the position and does not view his age as a disadvantage.
“During my run I think my age will almost fade into the fray,” Jackson said. “I feel that in cleaning up crime here in the city if I were to, if elected, talk with police to clear away crime from Bowie High School and surrounding areas after elected, I think I may be able to relate with the youth that may be partaking in such activities.”
“I also feel that I am able to relate to many causes that a changing Bowie may be facing with all the new homes and new residents I think we have a changing area and I think while young I think I will be able to be good for representing the city as a whole,” said Jackson.
A bipartisan platform is the foundation on which Jackson plans to run.
“I’m also running hopefully to help with the revitalization of the surrounding community, especially here in District 1 and working on creating more jobs and creating the necessary steps to create more opportunities for helping ensure the success and growth of the community,” he said.
Jackson calls District 1 home and hopes to serve the community.
“Right now, I think the state that Bowie is in a good state,” he said. “I think that with the bond rating very high and I think that with the services… I see a progressive future.”
“People should vote for me because I am a U.S. public servant and I think that I am the best candidate,” said Jackson.
Jackson said he thinks “very highly” of the current mayor and fellow candidate for mayor, Councilman Dennis Brady. Jackson said he thinks Robinson is doing a “good job” and he most admires Robinson’s work with “bringing more grocery stores” into the area. He also admires Brady’s work with the 450 corridor.
Councilmember Dennis Brady, who is also running for Robinson’s seat, said it will be up to the voters to decide who they want to lead the city.
“I really don’t know him (Jackson) so I don’t know his background. I really can’t pass judgment,” Brady said. “I wish him well but at the same time, I hope he’s not successful because I hope I am.”
If elected, Jackson said he will work to make sure everyone’s voice is heard.
“I think that we need to reach people where they are and not where I think they should be,” Jackson said. “If they are senior citizens, they need to be reached at their level and if they are youth, they need to be reached at their level.”
Mayor G. Frederick Robinson said it is Robinson’s prerogative to run if he wants to.
“I would suspect that people would want to hear what he wants to do more so than how old he is,” Robinson said. “But he’s still got to convince people that he has a mission to do and what he wants to achieve and how he wants to achieve it.”
Jackson applied for council seat left vacant by Todd Turner last fall, but lost.