Ex-SNL cast member Victoria Jackson (The Tennessean)
THOMPSON'S STATION, Tenn. - Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Victoria Jackson wants her next act to be as a Williamson County Commissioner.
Jackson, who moved to Thompson's Station last year, is petitioning as an independent to become a candidate for one of two District 2 commission seats, currently held by commissioners Betsy Hester and John Hancock.
"I think the key to saving America is normal everyday citizens getting involved because we the people are supposed to be in control, not the government," Jackson said. "I had a political awakening in 2007, and I want to get involved now. I'm tired of complaining. I want to do something."
The county's Republican primary is May 6. If Jackson meets the candidate qualifying requirements by the Feb. 20 deadline, her name would appear on the Aug. 7 county general election ballot where she would run against the Republican nominee chosen in May.
So far, five Republicans have picked up petitions for the District 2 seat, including Hester, Michael Patrick Leahy, Shane K. McNeill, Rick Watson, and Judy Lynch Herbert, who is the District 3 commissioner now in District 2 because of the new district map.
In recent years, Jackson has made a name for herself as an active Tea Party participant, conservative activist and outspoken opponent of President Barack Obama.
She has made appearances at numerous political events in middle Tennessee, including protesting a public discussion hosted last spring by the American Muslim Advisory Council, and fighting the opening of a controversial mosque in Murfreesboro.
Jackson, 54, originally from Miami, is best known as the squeaky-voiced blonde comedienne on SNL from 1986-1992.
Jackson frequently appeared on SNL's "Weekend Update with Dennis Miller" to recite poetry and perform handstands on the news desk. She was Brenda Clark in the popular skit, "Toonces the Driving Cat," and often appeared as the Christian girl, Jenny Baker, on the skit, "Church Chat."
Jackson's full married name, which she officially filed with the Williamson County Election Commission, is Victoria Lynn Jackson-Wessel; however, she told deputy administrator Chad Gray that she wanted her name to appear on the ballot as Victoria Jackson "because she said people thought it said weasel."
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