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Protests greet candidate visit

E. W. Jackson, the Republican nominee for Virginia lieutenant governor, met several dozen local supporters at Hardee’s in Riverdale late Tuesday afternoon during a meet and greet session sponsored by the Halifax County Republican Committee.

Also showing up for the event were a handful of protesters with signs who said they wanted to bring attention to what they described as Jackson’s radical candidacy. They remained outside the restaurant while the GOP candidate visited with supporters inside Hardee’s.

Aylor Talbott, who led the protest Tuesday, said, “Mr. Jackson hurts his own party and the political process.”

Talbott, who is bound to a wheelchair, said he was offended personally by comments Jackson earlier had made about birth defects being a result of sin.

Meanwhile, inside the packed restaurant, conservative Republicans talked with Jackson, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and Harvard Law School.  

He practiced small business law for 15 years in Boston, founded the first gospel radio station in Boston and managed it for nine years during which time he hosted local and national radio talk shows and did a national commentary for a network of over 400 radio stations.

He is the founder of Exodus Faith Ministries, a nondenominational Christian church in Chesapeake. 

Jackson announced his candidacy for Lt. Governor of Virginia on Dec. 1 after spending the previous months leading up to the presidential election traveling the state and speaking to groups about the importance of defeating Obama and bringing an end to his liberal agenda.   

Jackson and his wife, Theodora, have been married for 42 years, have three children and reside in Chesapeake.

He will face Democratic State Senator Ralph Northam of Norfolk in his bid for the lieutenant governor’s post in November.