Kelly files for school board reelection

A familiar face on the Williamsburg-James City County School Board filed for reelection Thursday.

Jim Kelly holds the James City County Jamestown District seat. He turned in his petition Thursday with more than 150 signatures, adding his name to the Nov. 7 ballot.

"For me it was really affirming and reinvigorating to get out and talk to folks," Kelly said. "(The support) really just meant a lot to me."

This would be Kelly's second full term, but his fourth election.

He first joined the board in January 2010 as an appointee in the Berkeley district to a seat left vacant by Mary Ann Marimone. He ran, and won, that November to fill in through 2011.

In 2011, the county rearranged its voting districts, plopping Kelly into the Jamestown district he currently represents. That meant another election — and win — in 2012. In 2013 he ran for a full term, which expires this December.

Over the last year, the board took on a search for a new superintendent and now it's entrenched in redistricting debates. Kelly said he still has much to accomplish by serving the division.

"We've got to successfully open and start a middle school," Kelly said. "And I really want to work on minority achievement and continue the improvements in student outcomes that we have seen."

The other board seat up for grabs this year is in the Powhatan district. Current Powhatan representative Lisa Ownby filed to run for reelection March 13.

So far both are running unopposed, James City County Registrar Dianna Moorman said. Residents have until June 13 to turn in petitions with at least 125 signatures to guarantee a spot on the ballot.

Williams can be reached by phone at 757-345-2341.

W-JCC School Board openings for Nov. 7 election

James City County Jamestown district:

Jim Kelly currently holds the seat; he is the only candidate to file paperwork for the seat.

James City County Powhatan district:

Lisa Ownby currently holds the seat; she is the only candidate to file paperwork for the seat.

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