East St. Louis Councilman
East St. Louis
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Facebook: Councilwoman Emeka Jackson
Education: B.S. accounting, M.A. professional counseling
Previous offices: 4 years as councilwoman
Qualifications: I am a proud product and registered voter of East St. Louis. I was educated in School District189 from pre-school to a graduate of high school. Besides my educational achievements, which are listed below, and my residency, I am a concerned citizen of East St. Louis. I realized a long time ago, if change is to occur, I, as an individual of my community, must possess a deep desire, a belief that I can make a difference, and a commitment to change. With these attributes along with repeated reinforcement, I have a strong belief that the City of East St. Louis can create the city it desires, and citizens will be proud. I am willing to make that sacrifice, and become a part of the solution for change, growth, and betterment in our city. My integrity is of the highest level. My interest, concern, and energy is truly directed towards the well being of the citizens of East St. Louis. I have served on the council for four years. I am knowledgeable on how government works. My duty is to serve the citizens of East St. Louis by implementing laws that will provide for positive change.
Top issues: The issues and challenges facing the city of East St. Louis are greater than few. Top issues such as public safety, economic development, housing, infrastructure, and government transparency are real. However, I believe that these challenges can be met with more accountability from both the city and the citizens. In order for us, as a city to reach our ultimate goals, we must work together more effectively and efficiently. As a city, government should be more responsive and protective of the needs of citizens, and citizens should be more responsive in holding government more accountable. Keeping our city safe should be a priority of government and citizens. We must continue to exercise the need to look out for each other. In 2012, I initiated and sponsored legislation to change the operating hours of liquor selling establishments as an initiative to help curb crime in and around liquor selling establishments. Since the implementation of the legislation, East St. Louis has seen a reduction in crime in and around liquor selling establishments.
East St. Louis councilman candidates Delbert B. Marion and Robert Eastern III did not respond.