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A member of the Williamsburg-James City County School Board is launching a campaign to replace an incumbent on the James City County Board of Supervisors.
Ruth Larson will challenge former Board of Supervisors chairwoman Mary Jones (Berkeley) in the Nov. 3 general election. She currently represents the Berkeley District on the WJCC School Board.
Larson is running as an independent. Jones identifies as a Republican.
In a news release announcing her campaign, Larson said the recent debate over how to fund James City County’s critical needs — which ultimately resulted in a 9 percent real estate tax increase — motivated her to run.
“Across James City County, the citizens have said they do not want to compromise the quality of life we have in our area,” Larson said in a news release. “I’m running because I believe I can join with the other supervisors from both parties to provide the proactive leadership this county needs.”
Larson said her experience on the school board, which is nonpartisan, would help her better represent the Berkeley District on the Board of Supervisors.
“We are a nonpartisan board that does not represent political parties,” Larson said in a news release. “We represent communities, taxpayers, parents, teachers and children.”
Larson attended several community meetings in recent weeks held by the Board of Supervisors that focused on the county’s budget and the eventual tax increase. At the Roberts District meeting April 2, Larson, a First Colony resident, spoke in favor of increased spending for stormwater management, calling precipitation runoff and subsequent flooding “a huge concern.”
Larson was first elected to the school board in 2006, and has previously served as its chairwoman, vice chairwoman and parliamentarian. She is in her second term as chairwoman of the Tidewater Region for the Virginia School Boards Association and serves on the Virginia High School League Executive Committee.
She previously worked as a pre-school teacher and currently works in marketing.
Larson is the second incumbent member of the WJCC School Board to announce a campaign for the Board of Supervisors. Heather Cordasco announced in February she would challenge incumbent John McGlennon for the Roberts District seat on the Board of Supervisors.
Larson’s term on the school board is up Dec. 31. No candidates have filed paperwork to run for the Berkeley seat in November.
Potential candidates have until June 9 to file to run in the Nov. 3 general election.