Jackson trounces Eric Nelson in Aurora Dems’ HD42 primary

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AURORA | Dominique “Nikki” Jackson, a communications consultant and member of Aurora’s Citizens Advisory Committee for Housing and Community Development, won the Democratic primary for state House District 42 Tuesday, June 28, handily trouncing her embattled challenger Eric Nelson.

Dominique "Nikki" Jackson
Dominique “Nikki” Jackson

As of Wednesday morning, the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office reported that Jackson had received a whopping 71.39 percent of the 3,617 votes counted. Nelson yielded 1,035 votes, or 28.61 percent of the total.

Jackson declared victory on Twitter shortly after the initial results were unveiled, writing “Thank you House District 42! We Won!!!”

She said that she celebrated her victory with several constituents at a gathering Tuesday night in Aurora.

“I am humbled and honored to have their votes and to have the votes of the people of House District 42,” she said.

Jackson’s victory marks the end of a Nelson campaign that became mired in controversy two weeks ago after media reports alleged the Aurora Public Schools Board of Education member fibbed several credentials listed on his résumé and misrepresented multiple details about his military service and criminal history.

Eric Nelson
Eric Nelson

In wake of the allegations, Nelson refused to drop out of the race despite multiple calls to do so from several notable Democrats, including incumbent HD 42 Rep. Rhonda Fields and Speaker of the State House Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, D-Boulder. The allegations have also caused a majority of APS school board members to call for Nelson’s resignation from his position on that board, though Nelson has repeatedly refused to surrender his seat.

On top of accruing several notable endorsements from current and former metro-area politicos, Jackson far out-fundraised Nelson, bringing in about $21,000 more than the APS board member during the course of her campaign, according to the latest campaign finance reports filed yesterday, June 27. Jackson currently has about $12,000 on-hand, according to her latest report.

Jackson will now face Republican Mike Donald, who works for a private security company in Aurora, in the November election. Donald ran for the same seat against Fields in 2012 and 2014, but handily lost in both races. He currently has about $800 on-hand, according to his latest campaign finance filing with the Secretary of State’s office.

Donald did not immediately return a request for comment on the night of the primary, and calls to his campaign phone number yielded a message saying that the line had been disconnected. Earlier this month, Donald said that he was focused on attracting new jobs and businesses to HD 42.

“My current issue is jobs,” he said. “If we can bring good jobs to this district we can help raise the standard of living; we can help deal with homelessness; we can help deal with housing costs, and virtually every other issue.”

Jackson said that her strategy will remain unchanged now that she has moved past the primary.

“I am going to continue to speak to the voters to hear what their thoughts, their concerns (and) their hopes are,” Jackson said. “And I am going to continue to promise to fight to make sure that every single one of them is heard.”

Nelson did not immediately respond to requests for comment on this story.