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Former SNL Star Victoria Jackson Running For Office In Tennessee

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THOMPSON’S STATION, Tenn. (CBS Charlotte) – Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Victoria Jackson is running for office in Tennessee.

Jackson is petitioning as an independent to become a candidate for one of two commission seats in Williamson County, The Tennessean reported.

“I think the key to saving America is normal everyday citizens getting involved because we the people are supposed to be in control, not the government,” Jackson said to The Tennessean. “I had a political awakening in 2007. I’m tired of complaining. I want to do something.”

Jackson is known for her conservative activism and participating with the Tea Party movement.  She has occasionally been a Fox News contributor and is an outspoken opponent of President Barack Obama.

Despite her strong conservative past, Jackson has filed as an independent in this race because she is “very disappointed with the Republican Party.”

“But I just can’t do it anymore; they just don’t have the values of our founding fathers anymore,” she said The Tennessean. “I am sure there are a few Republicans who do. I want less federal government involvement, lower taxes, smaller government, more public involvement, a balanced budget and fiscal responsibility.”

The Republican primary for the county will be held May 6 and if she meets the requirements by Feb. 20, her name will appear on the Aug. 7 county general election ballot.  Jackson would be running against the Republican nominee chosen in May.

“I think I will fit in quite easily with (the current county commission),” Jackson told The Tennessean.  “I went to the dentist recently and there was a Bible in the lobby of the dentist office. … I love this town. My two favorite things are here – Jesus and show business.”

Jackson does not plan on following traditional campaign methods if she does qualify as a candidate in this race.

“I don’t really want to beg for money from anybody; I hope to do it the old-fashioned way – word of mouth,” she explained to The Tennessean. “I may pay for some T-shirts and stickers with my own money. I have no political aspirations. I just want to help save my country. It should be about ideology, not about who has the most money.”

The Miami native has made appearances at various political events including fighting the opening of a controversial mosque.  She also protested at a public discussion hosted last spring by the American Muslim Advisory Council.

Jackson was a cast member on SNL from 1986-1992.  She appeared frequently on “Weekend Update with Dennis Miller” to recite poetry and perform handstands on the news desk.  The comedian also starred as the Christian girl, Jenny Baker, on the skit “Church Chat” and was apart of the “Toonces the Driving Cat” skit on SNL.

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