Solon resident Tom Jackson has announced his candidacy for Ohio State Senate District 24 – the first time he is running for public office.

“Over the past few years, I’ve been effective at getting others elected, whether that’s here on city council in Solon or in the Ohio House of Representatives,” Jackson told the Cleveland Jewish News on Dec. 11. “Now I’m ready to take that next step and run for office myself.”

Jackson has lived in Solon for more than 20 years and is a member of The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood. 

The Democratic candidate said he’s running for Ohio Senate to “stand up” for the 28 Cuyahoga County communities that comprise District 24, including Bentleyville,  Chagrin Falls, Chagrin Falls Township, Gates Mills, Glenwillow, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lyndhurst, Mayfield, Moreland Hills and Solon. 

“Whether that means fully investing in our public education or ensuring safe and prosperous places for us to live and work,” Jackson said. “Both of my kids benefited from living here in Solon and going to school here in a safe and diverse community with great public education and both were able to launch their careers here in Ohio. I just want to make sure that the same opportunity for families and young people are available for years to come.”

Jackson is a member of the account executive team at Leverity Insurance Group, Inc. in Beachwood.

“In my day job, I work with businesses and families on their insurance needs,” Jackson said. 

He has been involved in the business community in both Beachwood and Solon “through the chambers of commerce.” He is chair-elect of the Solon Chamber of Commerce board of directors. 

“I feel pretty strongly that the current representation in the Senate does not reflect the residents of the state or of this district,” Jackson said. “I feel we need to restore some balance so that we can work on the things that we should be working on and not that of narrow special interests that don’t really align with the views of most people in this district.”

Matt Dolan is in his first term as state representative for District 24 after serving three terms in the Ohio House of Representatives.

The general election is Nov. 3, 2020.

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