Petra Nadal to Run for WJCC School Board

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Election 2015The race for the Williamsburg-James City County School Board has its first announced candidate.

James City County resident Petra Nadal has filed paperwork to run for the School Board in the county’s Roberts District.

Nadal, a resident of Grove, previously worked at Busch Gardens, and is a regular participant in James City County government meetings.

Nadal has not yet responded to requests for comment.

The terms of four School Board members are up at the end of the year: Heather Cordasco (Roberts), Elise Emanuel (City of Williamsburg), Ruth Larson (Berkeley) and Jim Nickols (Stonehouse).

James City County elects five members of the School Board to represent geographic districts in the county. The Williamsburg City Council appoints two representatives to the board. Members serve four-year terms.

The three county seats will be on the ballot for the Nov. 3 general election.

Larson and Nickols said they would announce whether they would run for re-election in the coming weeks.

Cordasco has announced plans to run as a Republican for the James City County Board of Supervisors in the Roberts District. No other candidate filed to run as a Republican in the district for that race, sealing the nomination for Cordasco.

Emanuel said she would likely not seek reappointment to the school board when her term ends in December.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time on the board, but I think it’s time for someone a bit younger,” she said.

The WJCC School Board is a nonpartisan board that makes financial, operational and curricular decisions for the school division. Candidates have until June 9 to file paperwork to be included on the Nov. 3 ballot.

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