The Libertarian Party candidate for governor, KASH JACKSON, says he’s running to protect people’s rights — like he did during his 20 years in the Navy — and because he can relate to regular folks.
“I’m a common guy that wants better for my state and my country,” he told me via telephone on his way to Springfield this week to join a march for gun rights.
He’s not now a firearm owner, but said he believes in Second Amendment rights and doesn’t think new gun laws would deter criminal activity.
Jackson, 39, of Antioch, was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and his name was Benjamin Adam Winderweedle. He retired from the service in the summer of 2016, having spent most of his career “inside submarines,” and in 2017 got a legal name change to Grayson Kash Jackson.
He said he likes the “unique” name Grayson. The rest of the name was a way to “pay tribute to both sides of my family,” he said. He was raised by his maternal grandparents, and their last name was Jackson. And while he “didn’t actually know anyone on my dad’s side” until he was in his 20s, his paternal grandparents “played folk music all over the country and they were really big JOHNNY CASH fans.”
A line in Jackson’s biography on his campaign website, kash2018.com, states that the “difficulties” he “endured in family court” made him an advocate for judicial and family-law reform.
Asked to elaborate, Jackson told me that he is twice divorced. A 17-year-old son lives with his mother in North Carolina, and a 12-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter live near him with their mother. Jackson gets visits from those children four overnight days per month, plus another 12 days with “just a few hours after school.”..