The eldest son of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson announced his candidacy on Saturday for the congressional seat that Democratic Rep. Mel Reynolds is leaving.
Jesse Jackson Jr. welcomed his father’s support but said he expects to be elected on his own merits: “God has blessed me with a good name, a good name whose good works I intend to extend. But I neither seek nor expect any ‘gimmes.”’
The 30-year-old civil rights activist and lawyer added, “This is a democracy, not a royal lineage. I intend to work and earn your trust … your respect … your vote.”
The father introduced the son to more than 400 cheering supporters at Salem Baptist Church. It was a combination news conference, political rally and revival meeting.