Thursday, February 2, 2023

Voters Oust Two Incumbents in JCC Supes Race

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)

A Democrat, a Republican and an Independent have been chosen by voters in the Roberts, Stonehouse and Berkeley districts to represent them on the James City County Board of Supervisors, according to unofficial election results.

John McGlennon (D), the incumbent in the Roberts District, earned 1,963 votes, narrowly achieving a victory over challenger Heather Cordasco (R), who garnered 1,921 votes, according to unofficial results from the Virginia Department of Elections.

Sue Sadler (R), the newcomer in the Stonehouse District, challenged longtime incumbent Jim Kennedy (I) for the seat and won it indisputably with 2,221 votes, or 57.76 percent. Kennedy earned 1,618 votes, or 42.08 percent.

Ruth Larson (I), currently the Berkeley representative on the Williamsburg-James City County School Board, soundly defeated incumbent Mary Jones (R) by winning 2,773 votes, or 60.05 percent. Jones earned 1,835 votes, or 39.74 percent.

McGlennon, Sadler and Larson will join current board chairman Michael Hipple (Powhatan) and vice-chair Kevin Onizuk (Jamestown) on the Board of Supervisors in January.

Hipple said the board will “continue the plan” it has been working on and “move forward” with the new faces on the dais. He said he called all the victors to congratulate them Tuesday night.

“As always, when there’s vote, it’s what the citizens want,” Hipple said. “We’ve got two new members coming on board and I’ll do my best to work with them and bring them into the team.”

Although Sadler has said she would propose a vote to repeal the property tax rate increase – an increase Hipple voted to support and would later credit with helping the county earn its AAA bond rating – he said Sadler still has the potential to become a “team player” on the board.

“I think, once she realizes what the board does and what goes on in the board room, once she gets the knowledge of seeing what actually happens and goes on in the county, then she’ll understand better. I think then she’ll become a team player,” Hipple said.

Click here for complete election results from races in Williamsburg, James City County and York County.

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