This isn't Bishop E.W. Jackson's first time on a ballot. The Chesapeake Republican has flirted with numerous political runs and actually competed in last year's GOP primary for U.S. Senate.
In a four way race, Jackson finished last. Far behind the eventual nominee George Allen and his leading challenger Jamie Radtke.
But the loss has not dampened Jackson's spirit. The conservative pastor is hoping that his position on the right of the political spectrum will help him in a convention where Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will be nominated as the party's leader on the ticket.
Jackson shares many of the same views Cuccinelli does. He is pro-life, opposed to same-sex marriage and is strongly against the expansion of government.
Jackson dropped by the NBC12 studios and gave us an idea of what to expect from his campaign.
In addition to Jackson, former Sen. Jeannemarie Davis, Del. Scott Lingamfelter, Sen. Steve Martin, businessman Pete Snyder, Prince William Board of Supervisors Chair Corey Stewart and Stafford County Board of Supervisors Chair Susan Stimpson will all compete for one spot May 17 & 18th at the GOP convention in Richmond.
On the Democratic side, former Obama technology czar Aneesh Chopra will compete in a primary against Sen. Ralph Northam.
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