Darren Jackson, a life-long resident of Lafayette County and a 1989 graduate of Lafayette High School, was elected by voters of the community in the Nov. 2006 election to replace Harlow H. Land, Jr., as Lafayette County Judge. Jackson assumed his new role on Jan. 2 and will serve for six year term.

Jackson is very excited about being county judge and looks forward to having a prosperous career. "I am proud to have been selected by this community to serve as their county judge. When Judge Land announced that he would not seek reelection, I decided to present myself and my experience to this community and ask for their support as the next County Judge. I proudly accept this honor," Jackson said.

Well versed in the field of law, Jackson previously worked as an Assistant State Attorney handling many felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile cases. He gained his knowledge and expertise from Cumberland School of Law, Juris Doctor degree, graduating from there in 1998. He also graduated from Florida State University in 1993 with a B.S. degree in Biology.

For several years, Jackson has served Lafayette and surrounding counties with his own private law practice on main street in Mayo. He was serving in this capacity until becoming judge of Lafayette County.

Since beginning his six year term on Jan. 2, Jackson has been involved in attending the Florida County Judges Conference and the Florida Judicial College, Phase I. Accordithese activities helps to enhance the judicial experience. "Such events allow for group instruction and participation by County and Circuit Judges from all over the state," Jackson said.

Jackson, his wife Heather, and their three children reside in Mayo. Grace is six years old, Audrey is five years old, and Bishop is nine months old. The Jacksons are expecting their fourth child in May. Jackson and his wife are actively involved in Rotary, church, and school activities. "My wife and I enjoy being a part of this community and believe that there is not a better place to raise a family," Jackson said.

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