Shanelle Jackson

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Shanelle Jackson
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Candidate for
Michigan State Senate, District 5
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Michigan House of Representatives, District 9
2007 - 2013
Personal website
Shanelle Jackson was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 5 of the Michigan State Senate.[1]

Jackson was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 13th Congressional District of Michigan. She was also a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 9 from January 1, 2007 to January 1, 2013.


Jackson earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a master’s degree in social justice from Marygrove College in Detroit.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Jackson served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Jackson served on these committees:



See also: Michigan State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. David Knezek defeated five other candidates in the Democratic primary. Jennifer Rynicki was unopposed in the Republican primary. Knezek defeated Rynicki in the general election. Incumbent Tupac Hunter (D) did not seek re-election due to term limits.[2][3][4][5]

Michigan State Senate, District 5 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Knezek 81.8% 59,680
     Republican Jennifer Rynicki 18.2% 13,286
Total Votes 72,966


See also: Michigan's 13th Congressional District elections, 2012

Jackson ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Michigan's 13th District. The Secretary of State's office had initially ruled that her 1,625 delivered signatures contained less than 1,000 valid signatures. On May 29, 2012, however, Jackson appealed the decision.[6] On June 7th, 2012, the Office of the Wayne County Clerk determined that Jackson did indeed have enough signatures to appear on the August 7th primary ballot.[7]

She was defeated by incumbent John Conyers, Jr. in August 7 the Democratic primary.[8]

U.S. House, Michigan District 13 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Conyers, Jr. 55.4% 38,371
Glenn Anderson 18.2% 12,586
Shanelle Jackson 12.6% 8,708
Bert Johnson 10% 6,928
John Goci 3.8% 2,664
Total Votes 69,257


See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Jackson won re-election to the District 9 seat in 2010. She defeated Danyelle Coleman, Reggie Davis, Choka Johnson, Daniel McFarland, Audrey Smith, Michael Terrell and Mary Thomas in the August 3 Democratic primary. She faced Richard Zeile (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[9][10]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 9 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Shanelle Jackson (D) 19,300
Richard Zeile (R) 694
D'Artagnan Collier (I) 138
Kenneth Haney (I) 188


See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Shanelle Jackson ran unopposed for District 9 of the Michigan House of Representatives.[11]

Jackson raised $32,174 for her campaign.[12]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 9
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Shanelle Jackson (D) 34,062


Tea Party Scorecard

The Independent Tea Party Patriots, a Michigan Tea Party group, grades the votes of this and every other Michigan legislator on “core tea party issues” in a regularly-updated scorecard. 100% is considered an ideal rating.[13]

January 2011 - March 2012

Shanelle Jackson received a 20% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[13]



In 2014, Jackson's endorsements include:

  • Right to Life of Michigan[14]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Michigan House of Representatives District 9
2007 – 2013
Succeeded by
Harvey Santana (D)