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For longtime public servant Judy Knudson, four campaigns in one lifetime is “enough.”
Knudson, who has served on the Williamsburg City Council for two terms, will not run for a third. She also served one term on the James City County Board of Supervisors from 1990 to 1993 before losing her re-election bid.
Her term, along with the current terms of Mayor Clyde Haulman and Vice Mayor Paul Freiling, ends June 30. Freiling has filed his paperwork to run for a fourth term.
“I’ve run for office four times and I just turned 73, so I think that’s enough,” said Knudson, who added she believed in term limits to allow different perspectives to represent the citizens.
While she might be ready to move away from politics, it is not without a fondness for the work. Knudson, who has a master’s degree in political science from the University of Central Florida, said she has enjoyed serving on a local level because of its importance to citizens’ everyday lives.
“You’re dealing with people’s roads and the fire departments, schools – the things that really matter to people,” Knudson said. “What I want, what you want, what’s good for the community on these issues are often very different things. Trying to balance it all has always been very enjoyable and very interesting to me.”
Knudson has a long history of public service to the community, stretching back to her time with the Williamsburg Regional Library Board of Trustees. She served on the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Planning Commission for the City of Williamsburg before deciding to run for Mickey Chohany’s seat in 2008.
She also served as the executive director of Olde Towne Medical Center for 13 years before retiring in 2007.
“You need to contribute to the community, whether you do that through the Scouts, your church, whatever best suits you. I happen to like government, so that’s how I involved myself,” she said.