NORFOLK – Jerrauld “Jay” Jones, a 28-year-old lawyer whose father represented the district for 14 years as a delegate, won in his first foray into politics.
Jones won 67 percent of the vote, defeating Joe Dillard in the 89th House District Democratic primary 5,478 to 2,725.
The 89th District is entirely in the city of Norfolk and includes the Larchmont, Berkley, Ghent and Riverview neighborhoods.
“I’m humbled to have support from all corners of 89th,” Jones said from his election night party at Croaker’s Spot in Park Place. “I think the tail wind that helped us over the hump was knocking on 15,000 doors, making 4,000 phone calls and all the volunteers who helped us.”
An employment lawyer with Willcox Savage, Jones has a background in the General Assembly. He worked in the offices of former Dels. Paula Miller and Algie Howell while in college and was a page in middle school. His dad, Jerrauld C. Jones, served as delegate from 1988 to 2002.
Jones’ campaign focused on bringing “opportunity for everyone.” He said he wants to represent all people in a diverse district – black, white, old, young, poor, rich, gay, straight.
The Greenhill Farms resident said he hopes to create more and better jobs, get additional funding for public schools, make college affordable, give more attention to sea level rise, and find a dedicated funding source for public transit.
Jones spent about $104,000 on the campaign through June 1, according to the Virginia Public Access Project – four times what Dillard spent.
Jones will face off against the only other declared candidate, libertarian Terry Hurst, in the Nov. 7 election. If Jones wins, he would be among the youngest in the General Assembly.
By Jordan Pascale
© June 13, 2017