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Back in November, right after Election Day, a reader sent me a note suggesting we publish the names and contact information of those who were newly elected to office. Today, we're offering a bit more: the names and contact information for those now serving on the James City County Board of Supervisors, Williamsburg City Council, Williamsburg James City County School Board, some of those on the York County Board of Supervisors and School Board, the sheriffs for York and James City counties and those who represent us in the General Assembly in Richmond.

There are other elected officials – and some appointed ones who are key to keeping things moving along – but these are the ones the public is likeliest to need to call on. Sure, their information is online, and you can call the city or school offices and get routed through the system, but publishing them as a block here is a useful service and sends a powerful message about the need for engagement.

Those new to their offices are sworn in and everyone is setting up plans for the next few years, so it's a good time for all of us – public and public servants – to remember that timely, open, two-way communication is what makes our governments work. We all bear a burden to make democracy successful.

So, go ahead and clip this out and keep it where you can find it when you need to send a message to Mr. Norment in Richmond or to Sheriff Deeds here in James City. I don't yet personally know everyone listed here, but those I have met have impressed me with their genuine affection for this community and eagerness to work for its well-being. And that's a good place to start.

James City County Board of Supervisors

Powhatan District, chairman

Michael Hipple

Phone: 757-634-9895


Jamestown District

Kevin Onizuk

Phone: 757-608-8414


Berkeley District

Ruth Larson

Phone: Phone: 757-603-0508


Roberts District, vice-chairman

John McGlennon

Phone: 757-810-2508


Stonehouse District

Sue Sadler

Phone: 757-585-9272


Williamsburg City Council

Clyde Haulman, mayor



Paul Freiling, vice mayor


Judy Knudson

(757) 220-0051


Doug Pons


Scott Foster


WJCC School Board

Jamestown District-JCC, Chairman

Jim Kelly - Phone: (757) 869-3292


Williamsburg, Vice-Chairman

Kyra Cook - Phone: (757) 503-2573


Roberts District-JCC, Parlimentarian

Dr. James Beers - Phone: (757) 272-6769


Powhatan District-JCC

Joseph Fuentes - Phone: (757) 345-8013



Julie Hummel - Phone: (757) 345-8011


Stonehouse District-JCC

Holly Taylor - Phone: (757) 345-8012


Berkeley District-JCC

Sandra Young - Phone: (757) 345-8010


James City County Sheriff

Bob Deeds

Office: 757-564-2241

Cell: 757-293-8874

Email: sheriff@wjccso.hrcoxmail.com

York County Board of Supervisors, District 1

Walter C. Zaremba

(757) 253-0477 (home)

(757) 890-3328 (voice mail)


York County School Board, District 1

Barbara S. Haywood



York County Sheriff

J.D. "Danny" Diggs

Office: 757-890-3630

General Assembly

Sen. Tommy Norment, (R-3rd)

(757) 259-7810 (district office) FAX 259-7812

(804) 698-7503 (Richmond office)


Sen. John Miller (D-1st)

(757) 595-1100 (district office)

(804) 698-7501 (Richmond office)


Del. Brenda Pogge, (R-96th)

(757) 223-9690 (district office)

(804) 698-1096, (Richmond office)


Del. Monte Mason (D-93rd)

(757) 229-9310 (district office)

(804) 698-1093 (Richmond office)


Bellows is editor of the Virginia Gazette. You can reach her at 757-345-2347 or at pbellows@vagazette.com

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