Derrick Jackson earned a B.S in management from Virginia Wesleyan College. He served as an officer in the U.S Navy for 22 years. Jackson then went on to work for General Electric as their senior marketing manager for 7 years. He is currently earning a Ph.D in public policy and administration from Walden University. Jackson was awarded the RICE Civil Servant of the Year award in 2019 as well as the Georgia House Democratic Caucus Chairman’s Award.
Jackson supports guaranteeing affordable healthcare to people regardless of socioeconomic status or geographic location. He wants to address the opioid addiction crisis by increasing access to prevention programs in early education and rehabilitation centers.
Jackson supports approaching criminal justice reform from an “intersectional perspective” that addresses the conditions that lead to incarceration. He wants to take steps to lower the rate of students who go to prison straight out of high school, what he calls the “school-to-prison pipeline.”
Jackson wants to improve equality of access for students while supporting both private and public school options. He advocates for statewide broadband access to remove an economic barrier to entry for students in more rural areas. Jackson also supports increased retirement funds for teachers in the public education system. Jackson acknowledges the need for more trained mental health professionals.
Jackson supports investing in telecom network call infrastructure. He advocates for retaining a diverse set of employment sectors in Georgia. Jackson is in support of raising the minimum wage. He also sponsored a piece of legislation in support of urban agriculture sponsored by local governments.