Harlem pol Robert Jackson eyes a bid for Washington Heights’ state Senate seat

The term-limited former councilman unsuccessfully tried to snag the Manhattan Borough President position losing out to Gale Brewer last year. Jackson said he’s not worried about running for office in Washington Heights.

Former Harlem City Councilman Robert Jackson is weighing a run for Adriano Espaillat’s Washington Heights state Senate seat, the Daily News has learned.

Former Harlem Councilman Robert Jackson thinks he has a fighting chance when it comes to running for Washington Heights' state Senate seat.

Former Harlem Councilman Robert Jackson thinks he has a fighting chance when it comes to running for Washington Heights’ state Senate seat.

“I am strongly considering it,” said Jackson, the term-limited former councilman who recently wrapped up a failed bid for Manhattan Borough President against Gale Brewer.

“I love public service,” he added. “I have a lot to offer. I want to use that experience in Albany.”

Jackson plans to announce if he will run for the seat by Feb. 1, and cited Espaillat’s Congressional race against Rep. Charles Rangel as a factor in his decision.

 Rangel edged Espaillat by approximately 1,000 votes in 2012, and Espaillat is planning to challenge the 83-year-old politician yet again in the June primary, along with several other candidates.

“His goal is to become the first Dominican-American in the House,” Jackson said of Espaillat, whose state Senate district is largely populated by Dominicans and would presumably enter the September primary, should his Congressional bid fall short.

State Senator Adriano Espaillat (D-Washington Heights) wants to become Upper Manhattan's next congressman.

State Senator Adriano Espaillat (D-Washington Heights) wants to become Upper Manhattan’s next congressman.

When asked if he was counting on his close pal Rangel to lose, Jackson pooh-poohed the notion. Still, Jackson’s desire to succeed Espaillat would be no easy task.

State Senate District 31 — which includes Washington Heights, Inwood and parts of Central Harlem — counted 157,159 Hispanics in 2010, compared to 19,342 blacks, according to state demographic numbers.

The City Planning Department named Washington Heights New York’s top neighborhood for immigrants, counting more than 80,000 newcomers who mainly hail from the Dominican Republic.

“I want to serve the people in my area,” Jackson said. “Affordable housing, health care, education — these are the important issues.”

Espaillat and Rangel declined to comment on Jackson’s political ambitions.

simonew@nydailynews.com

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