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Jackie Clarkson Nixes Assessor Rumor


  A spokesperson for City Councilwoman at-Large Jackie Clarkson has denied rumors that Clarkson may roll her record of real estate experience into a race for the city's new single assessor seat in 2010. "Not true. We have heard that same rumor," says Jacquelyn Cole, communications director for Clarkson's council office. "She would go home before she ran for assessor. Jackie really likes being a legislator." Clarkson, 74, is running for one of two at-large seats on the seven-member council. "She plans on this being her last term," Cole adds. Clarkson was first elected as District C council member in 1990. In 1994, she was elected state representative from House District 102 until she won her old council seat again in 2002. She lost a May 2006 runoff for an at-large council seat to Arnie Fielkow. However, at-large Councilman Oliver Thomas resigned his seat the following year after pleading guilty to a federal bribery charge. Clarkson won a special election Nov. 17, 2007, to fill Thomas' unexpired term. Qualifying is Dec. 9-11 for all council seats in the Feb. 6 primary. Runoffs, if necessary, will be March 6. — Allen Johnson Jr.

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