There will be a race for at least two Louisa County Board of Supervisors seats in the fall, with the entry last week of a challenger to Chairman Bob Babyok in the Green Springs District.
Rachel Jones announced that she will seek the Louisa Republican Party nomination for the Green Springs seat. Earlier this year William Woody said he would seek Republican backing in the Patrick Henry District contest against Supervisor Fitzgerald Barnes.
Jones is a former Charlottesville police officer and an active volunteer with Zion United Methodist Church. She said her priorities include economic growth to provide better-paying jobs to Louisa residents; keeping taxes low; supporting first responders and the public schools; and addressing illegal dumping and litter.
“We’re a working-class community, we’re not independently wealthy,” Jones said. “I support keeping taxes low while still providing all the services people need, and keeping accountable to the citizens.”
Jones has lived in the county for more than 20 years. Prior to working as a police officer, she was a volunteer emergency medical technician in Orange County, a 911 dispatcher for the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office; and a state Department of Motor Vehicles employee in the law enforcement division.
In recent years Jones has focused on raising two children and working as director of community programs and facilities at her church.
Babyok said he has filed paperwork to run for a second term as the Green Springs supervisor. A resident of the Spring Creek subdivision, he emphasized that he does not have a political party label.
“I think it’s important to be independent, because having the label of ‘D’ or ‘R’ next to your name makes people assume you think one way or the other before the words come out of your mouth,” he said. “I like to steal from both parties’ ideas.”
The Louisa Republican Committee has scheduled a mass meeting to nominate candidates on May 1 at 5 p.m. at a location to be determined.