House District 40: Hester Jackson McCray

“My platform is S.O.S. – Save Our Schools. I believe that our children deserve to have their public education process fully funded, which is why I support MAEP and more. Mississippi should be hiring the best teachers to educate our children. To retain teachers, we must pay them a livable wage, which means I support giving teachers a pay raise.”




Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Hester Jackson-McCray has been a resident of Horn Lake since 2001. She completed the Chicago Board of Education LPN program and later earned an Associate in Science degree from Triton College.

Jackson-McCray was a nurse for more than 33 years, and in 2016, she became a Certified Dementia Practitioner through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP). Because of her love of cooking and baking, she started a home-based business, Hester's Unique Catering and Character Cakes.

Jackson-McCray is a member of Brown Missionary Baptist Church in Southaven. Other civic organizations she’s been involved with include AARP Chapter 5371, DeSoto-Marshall County Mississippi Federation of Democratic Women and the NAACP. She has two adult children who attended Mississippi public schools and eight grandchildren.


Counties represented: Desoto County

School Districts represented: Desoto County School District

Endorsed: 2019