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As of March 17, 2014, Jones has not reported any contributions or expenditures to the Newport News Voter Registrar's Office.
Jones has reported $325.00 in contributions and no expenditures to the Virginia State Board of Elections, leaving his campaign with $325.00 on hand as of April 22, 2014.<ref>[ ''Virginia State Board of Elections,'' "Reporting," accessed April 22, 2014]</ref>

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Rick E. Jones, Jr.
Rick E. Jones, Jr..jpg
Candidate for
Board member, Newport News School Board, At-large
Elections and appointments
Next generalMay 6, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sCollege of William & Mary
ProfessionRetired teacher
Campaign website
Rick E. Jones, Jr. is a candidate for the at-large seat on the Newport News School Board in Virginia. He is seeking election against fellow challengers Curtis D. Bethany III and Gary B. Hunter in the general election on May 6, 2014.


Jones earned a Bachelor's degree in Business from the College of William & Mary. He worked for 22 years as a math teacher and technology coordinator at district schools before his retirement in 2004.[1]



See also: Newport News Public Schools elections (2014)


Rick E. Jones, Jr. is seeking election against Curtis D. Bethany III and Gary B. Hunter in the general election on May 6, 2014. At-large incumbent Debbie Johnston did not file for re-election by the March 4 deadline. Incumbent Pricillia E. Burnett will face challenger Douglas C. Brown for the North district seat. Betty Bracey Dixon is challenging Jeff Stodghill for the Central district seat. Board chair Carlton S. Ashby is seeking re-election to the South district without opposition.


Jones has reported $325.00 in contributions and no expenditures to the Virginia State Board of Elections, leaving his campaign with $325.00 on hand as of April 22, 2014.[2]


As of March 17, 2014, Jones has not received any official endorsements for his campaign.


Jones lost to Everette A. Hicks for the open South seat in the general election on May 1, 2012.

Newport News Public Schools, South General Election, 4-year term, May 1, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEverette A. Hicks 68% 2,499
     Nonpartisan Rick E. Jones, Jr. 31.8% 1,169
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 6
Total Votes 3,674
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections, "May 2012 City Election Official Results," accessed March 17, 2014

Campaign themes


Jones explained his reasons for running in 2014 on his campaign website:

Mr. Jones believes that the primary function of the School Board is to represent the citizens of NN and ensure that ALL of our children are receiving the best education possible. In order for that to happen, he strongly feels the needs of the students and teachers are the highest priority. He thinks that the primary concern regarding every decision made by the School Board and the School Administration should be “how does this affect our students and teachers?”

Mr. Jones feels his experiences as a teacher and administrator have uniquely prepared him to understand the needs of the students, teachers and support staff of Newport News Schools. This experience will be valuable as the School Board makes the tough decisions necessary to navigate the difficult times ahead. As a member of the School Board, he promises to be accessible to ALL citizens and responsive to the needs of ALL students and teachers served by Newport News Public Schools. He feels that School Board members should attend all School Board meetings, be available to visit schools for special activities, as well as to observe the great things that take place in our classrooms every day. He expects to drop in for lunch to make sure the students are getting nutritious food, visit athletic directors to hear their concerns, and get ideas from teachers that might help maximize the effective use of the school systems resources. As a retiree he has the time, and as a retiree he will make the School Board his job. With his credentials he could have done many things but Mr. Jones said, “All I ever wanted to do was Teach”.

Mr. Jones supports yearly evaluation of all programs, instructional and non-instructional, for accountability. He will push to require evaluation measures be developed for all legacy programs and included in the development process of all new initiatives. He feels strongly that all students entering the third grade should be reading on grade level, and will encourage the implementation of programs to accomplish this goal. He strongly feels that bullying is not acceptable, not by students, not by teachers, not by parents, and not by support staff. Mr. Jones is aware of the many great things happening every day in Newport News Schools and wants to offer his time, energy, experience, and leadership toward making it an even better place for our children. Mr. Jones said, “as a retiree I have the time to make the School Board my priority. As a career educator, I have the knowledge and the experience to help make the tough decisions and as School Board member, I will help guide Newport News Schools through the uncertain times ahead.


—Rick E. Jones, Jr.'s campaign website, (2014), [1]

About the district

See also: Newport News Public Schools, Virginia
Newport News Public Schools is located in Newport News, Virginia
Newport News Public Schools is located in Newport News, a city in eastern Virginia. According to the United States Census Bureau, Newport News is home to 180,726 residents.[4] Newport News Public Schools is the ninth-largest school district in Virginia, serving 30,488 students during the 2010-11 school year.[5]


Newport News underperformed in comparison to the rest of Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 23.9% of Newport News residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 34.7% for Virginia as a whole. The median household income in Newport News was $50,744 compared to $63,636 for the state of Virginia. The poverty rate in Newport News was 14.5% compared to 11.1% for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
Race Newport News (%) Virginia (%)
White 49.0 68.6
Black or African American 40.7 19.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.4
Asian 2.7 5.5
Two or More Races 4.3 2.9
Hispanic or Latino 7.5 7.9

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[6]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 64.3 34.2
2008 63.9 35.2
2004 51.9 47.4
2000 51.5 46.7

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[7] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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