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Chiquita Jackson

Running for office in the State of Maryland for House of Delegates - Maryland District-22 is personal for me. Growing up and witnessing the injustice and criminalization of people close to me was not easy, and this motivates and encourages me to use my voice to change the system. And the environment that I and so many others were in.

I have been an advocate for my community and wanted to find ways to become even more involved. I knew that I wanted to be politically engaged and inspire other young leaders to tap into their potential and make a difference for their communities. As a rising leader, I am an experienced advocate for civil rights and liberties. My passion lies within serving underrepresented communities through policy formation and development.

My path was not without its challenges. Early on in my life, my father had fallen victim to the systemic racism that led to the mass incarceration of young black men. Thus, as the daughter of an African-American man who was wrongfully incarcerated, I grew up in a single-parent household. I was forced to watch my mother's anxiety, and doubt grow day after day because she didn't know how to feed six children without my father's help. Growing up in the inner-city, I found that my family was not alone in this struggle. Many homes were in an identical position to mine. This injustice in my community fueled my resolve to change our world for the better. Early on in my life, I had decided I would dedicate myself to being a leader for others who needed change as much as I did. 

While in college, I studied Political Science, Social Justice, African-American Studies, and Pre-Law. As a student, I held numerous leadership roles, including Black Prelaw Society President, Student Senator, the Student Legislative Awareness Board Outreach Director, and the Multicultural Student Government President. These roles provided me with the opportunity to write and pass legislation in the Student Senate and address the needs of students with marginalized identities. Around this time, I had the chance to intern with several elected officials, including Kansas's first African-American state Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau (D-KS) and the youngest state Rep Jewell Jones (D-MI), and U.S Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD). I assisted in drafting congressional floor statements for Black History Month and the centennial anniversary of Women's Suffrage in these roles. I continued my advocacy mission by outlining public policy recommendations with well-known organizations like The Aspen Institute and The Leadership Conference. During my undergrad experience, I lost both of my parents to senseless violence in my hometown of Detroit. I had to mentally and physically recover from two devastating heartbreaks while balancing the stress of college. However, despite the events that transpired throughout my childhood and adolescence, I refused to allow negative stereotypes to impact my future. I felt personally obligated to make education my priority so that my siblings could see that representation that our economy needs.

I believe that advocating for your community should extend far beyond a job title. My past allowed me to experience the hardships, but it paved the way to fight for social liberation in the present. It will allow me to advocate for disenfranchised communities in the future. I refuse to allow inequality to occur in my presence. I will continue to ensure equity and equality for those in my community and communities beyond. I will fight with integrity, fairness, and individuality. My leadership is centered around being community-driven because I work for my community.

My determination alone will not allow us to win this race. I need you to join me in achieving civil and human rights for all and making Maryland a thriving socio-economic environment where the underrepresented voice is always heard and considered.⁠ You deserve a leader who will bring the community's voice to the Capitol and be a true representative of the district.

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