MANASSAS, Va. (AP) - Republican nominee for lieutenant governor E.W. Jackson admitted that he used marijuana and experimented in other controlled substances in his youth, and acknowledged that he was forced to file for bankruptcy during a news conference where he sought to clear the air about his past.

Jackson, in Manassas for his first press conference since winning the GOP nomination last month, gave a 45-minute talk detailing his personal history, from fights he got in high school to his ultimately failed effort to establish a gospel radio station in Boston.

Jackson, a minister in Chesapeake, said he wanted to counter distortions of his past words and actions that have been advanced by his opponents.

He also talked about his transition over time from lawyer to minister.

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