Jones Announces Reelection Bid for Berkeley Seat

June 30th, 2011 by Desiree Parker

James City County Berkeley District Supervisor and Board Chairman Mary Jones plans to run for reelection this fall, which means a repeat of the 2007  race that Jones won by fewer than 100 votes.

Jones, a Republican, said, “four years ago, I was elected to the Board as a fiscal conservative who would promote responsible growth management and economic development. Today, James City County has earned a AAA bond rating without raising taxes, new residential approvals have been limited to fewer than 100, and our economic climate is among Virginia’s best.”

Jones has served as the Vice Chairman of the Board in 2009 and 2010, and she served on the Planning Commission from 2005 through 2007. Jones ran against Democrat Carlton Stockton in the 2007 election, winning by 84 votes.

Jones said that since she was elected in 2007, the county has cut taxes, eliminated the storm water fee and stopped annual real estate reassessments “that had become an unfair system of guaranteed yearly increases in property tax bills for our homeowners.”

Though the county has seen some rough years recently, “the County now balances its budget by asking government to tighten its belt, instead of asking taxpayers to pay more,” according to Jones. “We reduced the number of county employees, limited the growth of government spending, and have made County government operate more efficiently, all while dramatically increasing customer satisfaction.”

Improving the county’s business-friendly climate has been a high priority for Jones. “We inherited a county government with a reputation for being hostile to business,” she said. The Board decided to follow recommendations made by the Business Climate Task Force, revamped the Economic Development Authority, and responded to the needs of existing businesses, which all helped turn things around in the county, Jones said.

“The results speak for themselves, as James City County has a stronger economy, providing greater opportunity and a higher quality of life for all residents.”

She listed strengthening the tourism economy and keeping education and public safety a priority as other goals she has worked on achieving over her last four years.

“I have also been a staunch and unyielding defender of the private property rights of all our citizens,” said Jones. “I worked to stop unfair condemnations in Ironbound Square and Forest Heights, and to halt overreaching government restrictions on the rights of private property owners.”

Jones lashed out at “partisan detractors,” saying that “any objective examination of the circumstances of the last four years clearly reveals that the vitriol, hyperbole, and personal attacks have been very one-sided.

“My focus has always been to put the County on a positive course and a sound financial footing. We have done so over the loud and continuous objections of those who want larger and more expensive government at every level.”

Though Jones’ home was set for foreclosure sale last fall, the sale was stopped after Jones’ husband filed an injunction. Jones still lives in her Jamestown Hundred home, and she stressed her continued residency in the Berkeley District since 1997 in the press release sharing her reelection bid.

Had she and her fellow Republicans not won a majority on the Board, “County spending would be millions of dollars higher with many more employees and taxpayers would be picking up the tab,” Jones said. “Our AAA bond rating would be out of the question and businesses would still look elsewhere for opportunity.”

11 Responses to Jones Announces Reelection Bid for Berkeley Seat

  1. Anonymous

    June 30, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Jones is clearly part of the partisan problem she lashes out against. The unneccessary divisions that she cites are instead fueled repeatedly by her, Goodson, and Kennedy. We need new, open-minded, and objective representation, not partisan ideology from either side of the aisle.

  2. Anonymous

    June 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Ms. Jones is correct that it has been one sided. Her and her entourage have been part of the “my way or the highway” group since being in office. And if you do not agree with them, the attacks have been vicious.

  3. Anonymous

    June 30, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Mary Jones has been a huge disappointment in our district. Her Tea party radical agenda of refusing federal and state grants, stuttering her way through talking points straight out of the Tea party national agenda has caused common sense governing to be a thing of the past in James City. She is embroiled in scandal with developers, her own fiscal foreclosure issue and approving every clear cutting project that comes along. Excellent bond rating was a testament to Mr. Wanner’s fiscally responsible and compassionate leadership NOT the Mary Jones who can barely get out of her own way. I for one will be running to the polls and vote for the other guy.

  4. Anonymous

    June 30, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Mary Jones’ shocking opposition to sustainability was right out of Virginia Delegate Rob Marshall’s extreme makeover, national edition playbook. We need focused and intelligent leadership in JCC now more than ever, not status-quo partisanship. I can’t support Mary Jones.

  5. Anonymous

    June 30, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    I realize that Chairman Jones frequently meets with anyone, whenever they actually contact her, regardless of their partisan affiliation, Republican or Democrat J4C’s, developer or no-growth…everyone, regardless of voter registration or citizenship. Last time I checked she was a Republican, so how does this make her a member of the “entourage” referenced?

    All of the vicious attacks that are clearly evidenced are not coming FROM Chairman Jones
    Am I wrong? If so please respectfully clarify by citing some specific examples of Chairman Jones’ attacks

  6. Anonymous

    June 30, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Sorry that some consider following the Constitution a “radical agenda”
    Are you suggesting a better foundation or Agenda21?

    I absolutely agree that she is not the most “polished politician”
    Considering what that usually yields, this is a huge reason to support her

  7. Anonymous

    June 30, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Chairman Jones’ “shocking opposition to sustainability” was to listen to the citizens and vote for the citizens lead CompPlan and it’s focus on “Sustainability”…something the Democrats didn’t seem to support!

    And this makes sense how?

  8. Anonymous

    June 30, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I don’t want a polished politician either, just an open-minded, informed, and objective individual who’s not beholden to political party interests in JCC, Richmond, or Washington. No need to be a hornet!

  9. Anonymous

    June 30, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    One of my older friends lives in La Fontaine. That led me to share her interest in the car wash controversy.

    Jones and the other supervisors who voted it in acted in a heavy-handed way disregarding the interests of the community in preference to those of the developers.

    A replacement for Jones would be welcome.

  10. Anonymous

    June 30, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    “Clear, baby, Clear!” seems to be the new battle cry of our local GOP. Jones, Kennedy, and Goodson seek to pave over JCC one car wash, CCRC, fresh market, and bank at a time. Vote ’em all out!

  11. Anonymous

    June 30, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    If they don’t pave around the car wash, then your car will just get dirty again…

    Bottom-line – If you don’t want to live next-door to commercial property, then move into and reside in a commercial development…duh!

    We much prefer “Clear, baby, Clear!” over your tired old “battle cry” (clever but that’s kinda violent don’t you think) of taxpayer’s funding PlannedParenthood…juxtapose that!

    (hint: it starts with a K and ends with iil, which is how I’m starting to feel)

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