The 2022 mayoral race has become competitive after Mayor McKinley Price decided not to seek a fourth term.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Phillip Jones is now the newly elected mayor of Newport News.
With 98% of the constituencies counted, the Marine Corps veteran and businessman had the advantage with 40% of the vote on Tuesday night.
“I think on a personal note, I’m looking forward to bringing the city together in a unified way. I’m looking forward to talking to current council members, as well as new and elected ones so we can all sit down together, working together to move the city forward,” Jones said Tuesday night. “Such a solid foundation has been laid in the past two years. I’m happy to build on that.”
The 2022 race became competitive after Mayor McKinley Price decided not to seek a fourth term.
Four people were pulling on the seat. Three of the candidates were already members of the city council: Saundra Cherry, Tina Vick and David Jenkins.
At a pre-election forum, 13New Now anchor Janet Roach learned where each of the candidates stands on some important city issues, such as gun violence and community revitalization. You can watch this full forum here.
At 33, Jones was the youngest candidate vying for the job. He told 13New Now he was Newport News’ youngest African American elected mayor.
He aligned himself with the other three candidates by promising to support law enforcement. Throughout the election season, Jones has focused on innovation and his pro-business mindset, but also said Newport News’ top issues are public schools, public safety and the economy. , in this order.
A constituency’s votes still need to be counted for the race to be called.