Friday, July 19, 2024

Unofficial results Williamsburg City Council: Mayor Freiling out, newcomers Rogers, Dent in

Caleb Rogers (WYDaily/Courtesy of Caleb Rogers Facebook page)
Caleb Rogers (WYDaily/Courtesy of Caleb Rogers Facebook page)

Mayor Paul Freiling’s long stint as a member of the Williamsburg City Council came to an end Tuesday night, coming in last out of the four candidates vying for three seats.

Newcomer Caleb T. Rogers, a recent William & Mary graduate, came in on top.

Former Fire Chief W.P. Pat Dent placed second. Incumbent Barbara Ramsey came in third.

Williamsburg Mayor Paul Freiling. (WYDaily/Courtesy City of Williamsburg)

“Firstly, I cannot adequately express my gratitude to the citizens of Williamsburg for the wonderful opportunities they have afforded me over the past 20 years. Secondly, Throughout this journey I have been rewarded with the privilege of working with incomparably dedicated and talented individuals on City staff,” Freiling wrote in an emailed statement Tuesday night. “Thirdly, along the way I have also been enriched by some amazing colleagues on the various boards and commissions upon which I have served, as well as City Council. I will always cherish the associated memories. To my fellow candidates in this last run, congratulations on campaigns well-orchestrated. I wish you the best as you work to govern our special community. Please know that I will support you, as any citizen would, and will never insert myself into your work. If I can ever be of assistance, though, I am only a phone call or e-mail away.”

Barbara Ramsey. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Barb for the Burg Campaign)

Freiling was first elected to the City Council in 2004 and served as vice mayor from 2010 to 2016.

He was named mayor in July 2016 and again in 2018. Freiling, during his campaign, expressed his belief that his long experience on City Council provided him with the skills to maintain the position with insight and understanding.

During his campaign, Rogers said he hopes to bring innovation to Williamsburg to support the local economy. Rogers, who recently graduated from William & Mary with a degree in public policy, has also participated in the city’s Planning Commission and Public Housing Advisory Committee.

Rogers was not immediately available for comment.

Pat Dent (WYDaily/Courtesy Pat Dent LinkedIn)
Pat Dent (WYDaily/Courtesy Pat Dent LinkedIn)

Dent has had 38 years of experience in local government. He said he plans to use his new position to help residents through the difficult times brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Incumbent Ramsey also barely secured a position on the council for another term. Ramsey has served on the council since 2016. She said her experience on the council and other city committees has allowed her to stay in touch with the community.

Here are the unofficial results according to the Virginia Department of Elections:

  • Caleb T. Rogers, 1,346 votes, 27.35 percent
  • W.P. “Pat” Dent, 1,254 votes, 25.48 percent
  • Barbara L. Ramsey, 1,178, 23.93 percent
  • Paul T Freiling, 1,102, 22.39 percent

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John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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