Uptown Councilman Robert Jackson has run three city marathons, walked to Albany and climbed Africa’s highest mountain.
Now, he’s ready for his biggest race yet – an uphill battle to become Manhattan Borough President.
“In this race for borough president, I’m in it for the long haul,” he told the Daily News. “I’m ready to go the distance…I will be there at the starting line and at the finish line.”
If elected, Jackson would be the sixth African American to hold the post.
The only thing that would stop Jackson from running is if incumbent Scott Stringer runs for re-election instead of becoming a mayoral contender.
“I would not run against Scott Stringer…I would look at my other options,” said Jackson, adding he would consider running for public advocate.
Jackson has represented the city’s 7th District – which includes Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood – since he was elected in 2001. Term limits bar him from seeking a fourth term in 2013.