Victoria Jackson, former Saturday Night Live cast member, moved to Tennessee to run for office. Unfortunately, she didn’t win.
The Tennesseean reported Jackson, who was on SNL from 1986 to 1992, lost in her bid to win The Republican seat on the Williamson County Commission board. Jackson garnered 632 votes as a write-in candidate, losing out to incumbents Judy Lynch Herbert, with 1,422 votes, and Betsy Hester, with 1,380 votes. There were also nine write-in votes. The County Commission has 12 districts with two commissioners in each district. Jackson had made numerous appearances at many political events since moving to Tennessee.
Jackson, who calls herself a Tea Party conservative, moved to Thompson Station last year and said she filed as an independent because she’s “very disappointed with the Republican Party.”
Hester is a District 2 incumbent. Herbert had been a District 3 commission, but because of the new district map, is now in District 2.
“I am very pleased,” Hester said. “I want to thank all of the voters who turned out in early voting and all the voters who came out today in this heat. I pledge that I will continue to work hard for the Second District and will continue moving forward.”
A report on Gawker shows that though Jackson may not have been in touch with the local scenery, she has an appreciation of the national Tea Party Agenda. During a forum, the first question for Victoria Jackson was about traffic improvements. “I don’t know all of the specific details, she said, “but I’m worried about my country and so I jumped into the local government to try to help save it from socialism.”
Jackson was a bit out of her element talking county transportation policy at the forum for candidates in Williamson County, Tennessee, where she moved last year with her “police officer husband” to move the Tea Party agenda to new levels. Nevertheless, she came up with an answer, which became the basis of her first campaign video: “I don’t know, I’m not an expert on highways. I guess widening a road is a good way to make cars go on it?”
Jackson did continue with her Tea Party agenda. “I want to represent tea party constitutional conservative values, which I see lacking in the Capitol on fighting Common Core and Agenda 21,” Jackson had said in her summation. On her website, she called Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam — a pro-life budget-cutting Republican — “the Progressive (Communist) who supports Common Core.”