Ruth Larson Defeats Mary Jones to Take Over as JCC Berkeley Supervisor

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Ruth Larson celebrated her victory as the new Berkeley District supervisor at Hogarth's in New Town on Tuesday night. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)
Ruth Larson celebrated her victory as the new Berkeley District supervisor at Hogarth’s in New Town on Tuesday night. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)

Ruth Larson will oust incumbent Berkeley supervisor Mary Jones and join the James City County Board of Supervisors as an Independent, according to unofficial election results.

Vote totals from the Virginia Department of Elections show that Ruth Larson, an independent who has been a longtime member of the Williamsburg-James City County School Board, leads the ballot count with 2,773 votes, or 60.05 percent.

Republican Mary Jones has earned 1,835 votes, or 39.74 percent.

Tuesday’s election included wins for incumbent John McGlennon (Roberts) and newcomer Sue Sadler (Stonehouse) in supervisor races.

All election results are considered unofficial until a formal results review, which begins tomorrow, is completed and all provisional ballots are counted.

Larson celebrated her victory at the restaurant Hogarth’s in New Town.

“I am humbled and inspired by the confidence the voters have shown in me. I want to thank my family, friends, supporters and all the citizens of the Berkeley District,” Larson said. “… I also want to thank Mrs. Jones for her service. Again, thanks to all of you and your help for making my election possible. I can’t wait to get started working for all the citizens of James City County.”

Larson will begin her term in January. Until then, she has her school board term to finish before moving ahead with her work as supervisor.

“I’ve got another two months there, so I want to make sure I leave things well there for the person taking my place for the Berkeley School Board,” she said. “Then it’s learning everything I can learn about being a James City County Board of Supervisors member.”

Jones, who spent Tuesday evening at Williamsburg National Golf Club with the James City County Republican Committee, said she would find a way to continue to serve the community outside of the Board of Supervisors.

“It’s been an honor to serve and represent the residents of the Berkeley District,” Jones said.

Larson has served on the School Board since 2005, originally elected to represent Jamestown and later Berkeley after redistricting. On the Board of Supervisors, Larson said she would focus on preparing for impending growth, water issues, infrastructure challenges and economic development.

Jones was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2007 and defeated challenger Carlton Stockton in 2011 to retain her seat.

Campaign fundraising totals as of Oct. 22 show Larson received $12,957 in donations while Jones earned $14,784, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.

 

RESULTS

Total:

Candidate Votes Percent
Mary K. Jones 1,835 39.74%
Ruth M. Larson 2,773 60.05%
Write In 10 0.22%

 

 

By Precinct:

# AB – Central Absentee Precinct

Candidate Votes Percent
Mary K. Jones 101 39.61%
Ruth M. Larson 154 60.39%
Write In 0 0.00%

101 – BERKELEY A

Candidate Votes Percent
Mary K. Jones 647 33.72%
Ruth M. Larson 1,270 66.18%
Write In 2 0.10%

102 – BERKELEY B

Candidate Votes Percent
Mary K. Jones 313 39.72%
Ruth M. Larson 472 59.90%
Write In 3 0.38%

103 – BERKELEY C

Candidate Votes Percent
Mary K. Jones 774 46.74%
Ruth M. Larson 877 52.96%
Write In 5 0.30%

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