[ARTICLE] Dustin Duncan of Carbondale's Southern Illinoisan Interviews Kash Jackson For Illinois Governor

CARBONDALE, IL - On May 26, 2018, The Southern Illinoisan' posted a summary of an interview with Kash with local writer Dustin Duncan. The publishing of the story was a part of Kash's southern Illinois media blitz during the latter end of May. "The Southern," which covers over 21,000 daily subscribers in print as of October 2014 is the largest print media news source in the southern part of the state.

Duncan hit upon Kash's 20 years of Navy service and many of the reasons why he felt compelled to run for governor of the state of Illinois. “I felt my family and my belief system wasn’t being represented by Democrats or Republicans,” Jackson said. He wanted to represent something in the state office that more resembled what was written in the U.S. Constitution, which is what he swore an oath to protect for over two decades in military service.

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"I don’t think [the Founding Fathers] envisioned we would all think or believe or live the same way,” Jackson said. “They wanted opportunity for people to exercise their natural rights to pursue life and liberty how they wanted without government telling them how they should."

Jackson continued by talking about his plans to get the State of Illinois back on track fiscally. Jackson talked about the financial burden of the state's pension crisis but also his belief that the state should fulfill its constitutional obligation to its public employees. Jackson talked about his actual plan of moving state and public employees to a 401K system with a hybrid of annuity benefits those same employees can opt into. “It would be a self-managed plan that would be out of the hands of the government,” Jackson said. “Government causes the problem. How do we fix the problem? Get government out of it.” In the same financial realm, he called for a five-year property tax freeze on all home-rule and non-home-rule units, allowing wages to catch up. Additionally, in order for municipalities to raise taxes, he would like to see a referendum on a ballot with a two-thirds affirmative vote for the measure to pass.“If the people that reside there want to raise taxes, let those people do so,” he said.

Jackson's next big talking point was on government transparency. “I would personally like to see cameras placed in legislator’s offices,” he said. “To be able to at any point and time to listen in to what their legislators are talking about.”

Jackson rounded out the interview with his final, resonant message that one doesn't need billions of dollars to be qualified for politics or to be governor. “I’m not pursuing a campaign that would require a tremendous amount of money,” he said. “I’m not saturating the media with ads.” Instead Jackson implored disenfranchised voters to turn out to the polls for him: "Let's set a precedent for the entire country." Jackson cited his tireless grassroots efforts of meeting and talking with many people across the four corners of the state. “I believe I am going to reach enough people across the state and gain name recognition,” Jackson said. “Already our citizens are looking for something different. All that they need is a reason.”