City native running for mayor

Jackson wants to transform Altoona into arts hub


From Mirror staff reports

Altoona native and Demo­crat Bridgette Jackson is vying for city mayor, noting her roots to the area and her roles as a working wife and mother that distinguish her from past mayors.

Jackson, of 313 Grant Ave., said she was born and raised in Altoona and purchased her first home here two years ago with the intention of raising her family here.

“Throughout the years, I have witnessed the decline in industry, crumbling of homes and historic buildings, loss of a sense of community and a heartbreaking and ever-worsening drug problem,” Jackson said. “I want to run because I believe as a community, we can come together to transform Altoona from a desolate former railroad town into a blossoming and booming center for art, music and entertainment.”

“I am running because I want my children to know that instead of complaining about the issues and problems in this town, I did something about them to make Altoona better for them and for all of the people here,” she said.

If elected mayor, Jackson said she would focus on drug addiction, codes and landlord issues, infrastructure and the lack of recreational activities in the area. She said she would like to transform Altoona into an artistic hub to help stimulate the economy and diversify the city.

The 30-year-old candidate works as a supervisor at iQor, a business process outsourcing company.

She graduated from West Chester University of Penn­sylvania with a communication studies degree and is a 2006 graduate of Altoona Area High School.

Jackson is involved with Indivisible Blair County, the Blair County League of Democratic Women and the Blair County Coalition for Public Safety. She said she canvassed in the 2016 presidential election and in 2018 on behalf of Democratic candidates Emily Best and Brent Ottaway.

She also has participated in grassroots efforts to help clean up city parks and tend community gardens and volunteered her time with local veterans, at a soup kitchen and with Family Services Inc.

Jackson is married to Dylan and has a 3-year-old daughter and a second child due in July.