Former New Kent County treasurer and Providence Forge resident Herb Jones is a candidate for the 3rd Senatorial District of Virginia.
Jones has filed paperwork to run as a Democrat against Republican majority leader Sen. Thomas “Tommmy” K. Norment, R-James City, according to Jones.
One of the reasons Jones said he decided to run was to protect Medicaid expansion.
“I’ve seen how there is such a resistance to Medicaid expansion, and I just think that everybody should have affordable health care,” Jones said.
As a veteran, Jones said he wants to provide better services for fellow veterans, active duty members and first responders.
He also wants to invest in the state’s infrastructure, as well as the next generation and the changing environment.
“We have to fix our crumbling infrastructure and find ways to help our environment,” Jones said. “That helps everyone, including our next generation, who will benefit from the choices we make now.”
As former treasurer for New Kent County, Jones said he, among other local officials, complained to the state and tried to get things done to benefit the county.
“You can only do but so much at the local level,” he said.
Jones said it will be hard to unseat Norment.
“He (Norment) has been there a long time, but I want to make a change and start investing into our future.”
Jones ran for New Kent County Board of Supervisors 4th District in 2015 and lost to incumbent supervisor Ron Stiers. Jones was also on the Green vs. New Kent 50th anniversary commemoration committee as co-chairman.
Jones served in the Army for 30 years and retired as a colonel in the logistics department. He is the co-founder and CEO of Pyramid Technologies LLC, a logistics and cybersecurity firm based in New Kent.
The 3rd District includes all of the city of Poquoson, parts of the cities of Hampton and Suffolk, all of Gloucester, King and Queen, King William and New Kent counties and parts of Isle of Wight, Surry and York counties.
The election for the seat will be November 2019.