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John came to Shreveport in January of 1977 when he was transferred to Barksdale AFB.

He’s been active in Shreveport politics since deciding to make Shreveport his home.

John practiced law for 40 years and he now monitors local politics. He regularly attends Shreveport City Council and Caddo Parish Commission meetings.

John is published weekly in The Inquisitor, bi-monthly in The Forum News, and frequently in the Shreveport Times.

He enjoys addressing civic groups on local government issues and elections.

 

Mayoral Candidate Steven Jackson Violates State Ethics Law

Steven Jackson’s mayor campaign billboards tout him as the “Champion for the Community”. Maybe the message should be “Champion for my boss”.

Jackson has been employed by David Raines Community Health Center (DRCHC) since the spring of 2015. He was elected to the Caddo Commission in December 2015. He took office in January 2016.

The David Raines Community Health Center and the David Raines Community Center are separate entities housed in the same building, which is owned by Caddo Parish.

In 2017 Jackson was the Commission president. He voted in December 2017 to approve parish funds for 2018 upkeep and maintenance of the building housing his employer DRCHC.

The vote by Jackson is prohibited by Louisiana law. It is an obvious conflict of interest to vote to appropriate funds than benefit your employer.

This should be a no brainer—especially for a college educated elected official with a masters degree. On top of that, Jackson worked two years as an executive assistant for former Shreveport mayor Cedric Glover.

Jackson could have participated in the 2018 budget discussions if he had disclosed his conflict prior to his discussion. The ethics code mandates that Jackson should have recused himself from this vote. He did not.

As an elected official Jackson is required to take a minimum of one hour of education and training in the Code of Ethics each year he is in office. The online records of the Board of Ethics show that Jackson did not take his ethics hour in 2016. He did complete the 2017 training. He has until the end of the year to complete the 2018 training.

Jackson’s vote on David Raines is seemingly reflective of an attitude that “laws do not apply to me.”

He was cited twice last year for the same offenses involving the same car---expired Motor Vehicle Inspection (MVI) certificate and no liability insurance. He also had one citation for switched license plates.

Earlier this year he drove a different car for several months with no liability insurance and an expired MVI.

Jackson also held a mayoral campaign announcement event at Proud Mary’s Restaurant, which is a building owned by the City of Shreveport. The city lease clearly prohibited this event. Proud Mary’s had been advised of the “no political activity” lease provisions prior to the party.

Jackson wants to be the next mayor of Shreveport and manage a budget approaching $500 million dollars. And this does not include planned water and sewer upgrades financed by revenues bond that will exceed $300 million bucks.

Jackson’s campaign push card for mayor touts his progressive leadership enacting “stronger ethics and transparency on the Caddo Commission”. Evidently he forgot to look in the mirror while reciting his civic accomplishments.

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