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Jesse Jackson rallies voters to the polls

by: Brittany Jones Updated:


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Congresswoman Corrine Brown is facing a re-election race.

Saturday she brought in a heavy hitter to help her campaign.

Voters packed the Democratic headquarters to rally with Rev. Jesse Jackson. Jackson's message was to get out and vote.

Brown and Jackson told a crowd of voters that elected officials determine the outcome of crime in communities.

Jackson came into town to help rally black voters to get to the polls especially after the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri where 18-year-old Mike Brown was shot and killed by a police officer.

As of now no charges have been filed.

“The value of voting is to put people in office that will make sound judgments. We know a teenager was shot six times, and killed and we know that the killer is not even a suspect,” Jackson said.

Brown says she played an important role in the Trayvon Martin case.

“When he had the Trayvon Martin situation I am the only elected official that spoke up from that area and we didn't have the problems that they're having in St. Louis because the community had leadership,” Brown said.

Brown says they'll be going from church to church encouraging voters to get people to vote as a part of a campaign called Souls to the Polls.