The Rev. Iverson Jackson issued endorsements for Republican candidates on behalf of the African American Coalition of Arkansas, according to a news release.

Locally, the coalition endorsed the Rev. Jesse Turner, who is running for Ward 1 alderman in Pine Bluff.

“The African American Coalition of Arkansas (AACA) endorses the following Republican candidates on the 2018 ballot beginning with Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge; Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Bruce Westerman, and Steve Womack; Judge Joseph Wood, the Rev. Jesse Turner, the Rev. Ricky Latimore, Len Blaylock, and Wade Andrews,” Jackson said.

“These candidates embody the core values of the Republican party, which are freedom, progress, and equality for all according to the U.S. Constitution and other founding documents. These candidates have proven that they are the best hope for Arkansas to continue moving forward.”

Turner issued a statement on the announcement.

“I am extremely pleased and humbled to receive notice of my endorsement by the African American Coalition of Arkansas,” Turner said. “As I seek to become the first African American Republican since reconstruction to be elected to the Pine Bluff City Council, this endorsement comes at a historical time for Pine Bluff and Arkansas.”