Greene, Jackson locked in tight race; Wilcox votes still uncounted

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 2, 2004

As of press time Tuesday night, the race for the 4th Judicial District Attorney was too close to call.

Unofficially, with all counties but Wilcox reporting, incumbent Ed Greene led attorney Michael Jackson by approximately 400 votes.

Greene took Dallas County, 6,544 to 5,978.

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However, Jackson won Perry County 2,125 to 1,588.

The atmosphere at Jackson’s election celebration at the Performing Arts Centre was nervous but upbeat.

Jackson supporter Queen Tate said she was confident Jackson would come out on top.

“It’s been exciting, it’s been a lot of rushing,” she said. “We’re nervous be we know he’s going to win.”

Greene, seeking his second six-year term, trailed early in the day in Dallas County, but the later ballot boxes gave him the unofficial win the district’s biggest county.

“The race is very tight.

I feel like we worked hard,” he said. “I hope to be successful.”

Jackson, who could not be reached for comment, is a former judge.

His campaign picked up steam when he received support from Jesse Jackson in March.

“I’ve been working with Michael Jackson really close,” Tate said. “It’s been exciting waiting for the polls.”

Greene took the time to thank his supporters from his rally at the Lion’s Club,

“I want to thank everybody for their time, spending their weekends and evenings on this campaign,” he said. “I’m very pleased with the large amount of support. I have a good office.”