Jackson was elected in November 1999 to become Delta's second female mayor, replacing the first female mayor Beth Johnson. She was re-elected in a close contest in the 2005 elections to a third term as mayor.
In December 2005, she was elected chair of the Greater Vancouver Regional District board, of which she had been a member for the previous nine years. Vancouver councillor Peter Ladner spent the week of the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention lobbying for support to challenge current chairwoman Lois Jackson in December 2009.
- "Delta's lone wolf: Sudbury native fights on people's behalf". Sudbury Star, July 9, 2001.
- "Voters turf mayors in several lower mainland cities". CBC News, November 21, 1999.
- "Sullivan wins, leads NPA to victory". CBC News, November 20, 2005.
- "Delta mayor concerned about Tsawwassen treaty". CBC News, December 8, 2006.
- Delta mayor takes over as GVRD chair
- Ladner launches bid to unseat regional chief. Vancouver Sun, September 29, 2007.
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