Hipple, Icenhour return to board of supervisors

tjefferson@vagazette.com

A current and former supervisor took home the two open seats in the James City County Board of Supervisors race Tuesday night.

Democrat Jim Icenhour, who served as a supervisor from 2006-13 defeated Republican Tom Phillips, a Lane Construction senior project manager, in the race for the Jamestown seat.

Running as an independent, Michael Hipple won his bid for re-election against Joe Swanenburg in the Powhatan District.

Icenhour won with 59 percent (3,413) of the votes to Phillips’ 40 percent (2,295) in four out of five precincts, according to unofficial results from the Virginia Department of Elections.

Hipple won with 53 percent (2,794) of the votes to Swanenburg’s 46 percent (2,416) with all five precincts reporting, according to unofficial results from the Virginia Department of Elections.

“I’m very gratified. You never know how people are going to vote, but I ran a campaign on contacting people face-to-face and it seems to have struck a chord with the voters,” Icenhour said. “It presents a new set of challenges, because now I have to do the work.”

“I’m very happy and the citizens have spoken. I’m tickled that they’re backing me for another four years. Honesty does pay off. It’s a good evening and shows that if you stay true to yourself and what you believe, they will vote for you,” Hipple said.

Jamestown

Icenhour said he was mainly running to help the county combat the challenges of the area’s projected population growth.

Current Jamestown District representative and Board of Supervisors Chairman Kevin Onizuk chose not to seek re-election, saying he wanted to focus on his family and career.

Phillips said he wanted to help the county find a long-term water supply and improve public safety.

Powhatan

Hipple served as the Board of Supervisors chairman for two years until Kevin Onizuk took over that role in January. Hipple said he wanted to remain on the board and continue the positive momentum the group has started.

“The man in black is back,” Hipple said, referring to the customary all-black outfits he wears to Board of Supervisors work sessions and meetings.

Swanenburg lives in Lanexa and has attended board meetings for the past seven years. Swanenburg said he wanted to allocate more funding to public safety and have the city of Williamsburg pay more for schools.

The Board of Supervisors is comprised of five members who serve four-year terms.

The new board members will have their first meeting together on the second Tuesday in January.

Jefferson can be reached by phone at 757-790-9313.

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