BEN WHEELER, TX – November 11th of last year, local attorney and small businessman Cameron Jackson announced his candidacy to fill the open position of Van Zandt County Court-at-Law Judge which will see a new presiding judge for the first time since it was created in 2011. The current incumbent, Randy McDonald, is not running for re-election in order to seek the 294th District Court bench. Jackson said he believes it is critical that the new judge of this court is a Constitutional conservative who will never politicize the bench and will apply the law only as written.
“One of the most important things voters need to know when choosing a new judge is what each of the candidates believes is a judge’s proper role,” said Jackson. “In my view, a judge must be impartial in all matters, must resist the temptation to legislate from the bench for the purposes of serving a political end, must hold responsible those who violate the law and cause harm to others, and must also remember that their job is to serve the people – not the other way around.”
Born in rural West Virginia, Jackson’s father holds the distinction of being the youngest petty officer in the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet during World War II. The family moved to East Texas in the summer of 1966 when Cameron was thirteen years old. Later, he earned degrees from Southern Methodist University and the Pepperdine University School of Law. He also studied part-time at the Dallas Theological Seminary.
In 2003, Jackson “hung up his shingle” and started his own law firm which is still alive and well after 15 years. His practice emphasizes estate planning, wills, trusts, and probates, but he also handles family law, criminal law, real estate (including oil and gas), corporate law, and civil litigation. He is a member of the Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, The College of the State Bar of Texas, the East Texas Estate Planning Council, and the Wealth Counsel Association of Estate Planning Attorneys.
Beyond practicing law, Jackson is also involved in groups and organizations which were established to protect our Constitutional rights and traditional values. He is a member of the Federalist Society, the Christian Legal Society, the National Rifle Association, and the Alliance for Defending Freedom.
“A good judge should have a passion for justice, be tough on crime, uphold our conservative values, and protect children and the most vulnerable among us,” concluded Jackson. “The Bible is filled with references about the responsibility of those in power. If I am elected, I will never forget that I have been entrusted with a sacred responsibility and I will dedicate myself daily to keeping that trust to apply the law fairly and evenly to everyone who enters the courtroom.”
Cameron Jackson and his wife Kelly live in Ben Wheeler and attend the Tyler Presbyterian Church.
The Republican Primary Election will be held on March 6th. To find out more about Cameron Jackson and his campaign for Judge, please visit www.JacksonforJudge.com.