Thursday, October 29, 2009

Clarkson nixes assessor rumor

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 6:18 PM

BY ALLEN JOHNSON JR.

A spokesperson for City Council member at-large Jackie Clarkson today denied widespread rumors that she may roll her record of real estate experience into a race for the city’s new single assessor seat in 2010.

“Not true – we have heard that same rumor,” said Jacquelyn Cole, communications director for Clarkson's council office, adding: "She would go home before she ran for assessor. Jackie really likes being a legislator.”

Clarkson, 74, is running for one of two at-large seats on the seven-member council, all of which are four-year terms. “She plans on this being her last term," Cole says.

Clarkson was first elected as District C council member in 1990. In 1994, she was elected state representative serving House District 102 until she won her old council seat in 2002. She lost a May 2006 runoff for a council-at-large to Arnie Fielkow. However, fellow at-large Councilman Oliver Thomas resigned his following year, after pleading guilty to a federal bribery charge. Clarkson won a special election Nov. 17, 2007 to fill Thomas' unexpired term.

Qualifying is Dec. 9-11 for all council seats. The primary will be Feb. 6, and any runoffs will be March 6.

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