Joe Jackson Eyes Seat Christy Holstege Now Holds

For eight months, Joe Jackson, a former United Methodist minister, has been quietly organizing to formally and publicly announce he is running for election to the Palm Springs Council. Today is the day.

“I am running because I am in love with my home, the city of Palm Springs,” Jackson told Uken Report. “I want City Hall to be even more responsive to the citizens and businesses in our community to improve the quality of life for everyone. I have no aspirations for office beyond the City Council.”

Jackson said, he has been encouraged by a number of District 4 residents to run for Council.

A former chair of the Palm Springs Sustainability Commission and president of the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus, Jackson, 66, filed his paperwork in May to seek the District 4 seat that Christy Holstege now holds.

Holstege is running to represent District 47, which includes Palm Springs, in the California State Assembly.

Jackson, who resides in the Los Compadres neighborhood near Demuth Park, has a campaign website,, where he has posted a list of endorsers and is taking donations. Those listed endorsers include

  • Dr. Les Zendle – Diretor, Desert Healthcare District Board
  • Mark Marshall – Director, Mizell Center Board
  • Greg Rodriguez – Housing and Workforce Solutions, Riverside County
  • Robert McCann – Oswit Land Trust Board of Directors

Within a year of moving to the city full-time in January 2012, he was appointed by to the Sustainability Commission, where he served for more than six years, including three as Chair. Jackson also served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Palm Springs 75th Anniversary Celebration in 2012.

The issues about which he is passionate are: Section 14 reparations, economic development, Prescott Preserve, maintaining a livable city and homelessness.

He joins former City Manager David H. Ready in announcing their intention to seek a seat on the City Council.


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  • Joseph Jackson Landscape: Joe Jackson