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Jones to run in 16th for Democrats

Sunday, June 9, 2013

A Democrat from Pittsylvania County will run for the 16th District House of Delegates seat in the Nov. 5 election.

Elizabeth Jones, who is the current chairman of the Pittsylvania County Democratic Committee, said Friday she will vie for the post against the winner of Tuesday’s GOP primary.

Les Adams and Ken Bowman are running in Tuesday’s primary to be the Republican candidate.

Jones, 67, said she decided to seek the seat after a a legislative nominating committee “made a thorough search for a Democratic candidate to represent the party on the ballot.”

That was a challenge because some of those approached either were unemployed or had jobs or businesses that did not permit them to be absent during the General Assembly session, Jones said.

As a result, Jones, a retired educator, said “as of this Tuesday, I will be the candidate.”

Her campaign will be an “effort to bring about ideas for the 16th District growing and moving forward” and “bring some common sense to Richmond from the 16th District, she said.

A native of Bronx, N.Y., Jones said her family moved to Spartanburg, S.C.

Jones moved to Pittsylvania County in 2002, she said, adding that her husband was born and raised in Chatham.

Although her candidacy is being announced only days before the primary, Jones said “I don’t believe it’s late in the game with nearly six months left” before the election.

Because of the strong GOP base in Pittsylvania County, Jones said her campaign will focus on getting Democrats out to vote and luring swing voters to support her.

“As an African American woman — and probably the first one to run for the House of Delegates for this district, I plan to put forth a positive campaign” that will “focus on jobs,” she said.

“I also have an interest in the cost of tuition” at universities, as well as infrastructure, such as road improvements, Jones said. “I want to ensure that Pittsylvania County” and the 16th District “are not left out” when funds for improvements are distributed, she said.

Jones, who will formally announce her candidacy Tuesday in Chatham, said she then will embark on a listening tour.

“I will be a listener and I am going to use what I hear from voters to form a solid foundation for the issues,” Jones said.

Jeff Adkins, chairman of the Martinsville-Henry County Democratic Committee, said no Democrat will oppose incumbent Del. Charles Poindexter, R-Glade Hill, in November.


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