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Adams overcomes Jones in 16th district
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
By BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS -
In his inaugural bid for public office, Republican Les Adams defeated Democrat Elizabeth Jones in the contest for the 16th House District seat.
“This is very exciting,” Adams said Tuesday evening from Chatham as his lead in the polls increased.
According to unofficial results, Adams captured more than 63 percent of the vote to Jones’ 37 percent, with 13,290 votes cast for Adams and 7,737 for Jones.
Because this “was my first time running for public office, I didn’t know what to expect,” said Adams, a Chatham attorney. “I worked hard,” and he said he was “tremendously pleased” that a majority of voters in the 16th District “put their faith in me.”
He said he did not know that he would emerge with the victory, but “I have been encouraged in the last few days, as we were really working on getting out the vote, (and) the feeling of support I had” from voters.
His first priority, he said, “is for me to thank all the folks who helped” with his campaign, “and to express my gratitude to everyone who came out and worked the polls, voted for me” and otherwise supported him in his bid to succeed Del. Don Merricks, R-Pittsylvania County.
Merricks did not seek re-election and endorsed Adams.
During a recent visit to Martinsville, Adams said “an accomplished and trusted leader” was needed and that he would “provide principled, conservative leadership” in Richmond.
“I will always act in the best interests of the communities I serve,” Adams said. “I will do my best and work hard for them.”
Jones did not return a call for comment Tuesday.
With his first campaign behind him, Adams said he is aware of the “kind of commitment it takes” to mount a campaign. “I commend my opponent” on her campaign effort, he said.
Adams said he also is “proud that I ran a positive campaign.”
The 16th House District includes Martinsville and parts of Henry and Patrick counties.
Incumbent Del. Charles Poindexter, R-Glade Hill, was re-elected in the 9th District. He was unopposed.
The 9th District includes parts of Franklin, Henry and Patrick counties.