US Senate candidate Jeff Jackson made a stop in Watauga and Ashe this past weekend, as part of his 100-county state-wide tour.

High Country Press reports Jackson is seeking the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the retirement of Richard Burr.

Currently, Jackson is the North Carolina Senator representing the 37th District that includes Mecklenburg County.

Jackson served in the United States Army Reserve after the September 11 attacks in 2001 and served overseas during the War in Afghanistan.

Jackson is one of five Democratic challengers that have confirmed their intentions to run for the seat. Others include Cheri Beasley (former Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court), Rett Newton (mayor of Beaufort in Carteret County), Erica D. Smith (former N.C. Senator) and Richard Watkins III (Founder and CEO of The Science Policy Action Network, Inc).

Five Republican candidates have announced their decision to run for U.S. Senate. The list includes Jen Banwart (former Department of Defense employee), U.S. Representative Ted Budd, Marty Cooke (Brunswick County Commissioner), former Governor Pat McCrory and former U.S. Representative Mark Walker.