The Press: What Makes Jackson Run

Alone among Ohio political editors, the Youngstown Vindicator's lisping, kewpie-faced Clingan Jackson, 50, has already picked his favorite in the seven-way race to win the Democratic nomination for governor in May. Jackson's choice: Clingan Jackson. His selection was no surprise to readers of the Vindicator (circ. 99,930), who have watched Jackson juggle a dizzying succession of hats since 1936, when he became the paper's political writer while serving as a state legislator.

During his long coverage of politics, Jackson has been a candidate for office in seven primary and four general elections (and lost only three primaries), served six years each as...