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“I have worked hard to build and sustain collaboration on the board. The result has been a positive working relationship with other board members to ensure that we are able to do the best possible job for county residents – who are, after all neighbors and friends.” Ruth Larson

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Ruth Larson is running for reelection to the James City County Board of Supervisors to continue to join with the other supervisors from both parties to provide the proactive leadership our county needs.

As a native of the area, Larson has watched James City County grow and the needs change. “I want to continue my work on the Board of Supervisors so that I can continue to serve this exceptional community as we face the twin challenges of encouraging positive growth while simultaneously retaining the unique nature of this community. I respect our historical significance and want to continue to attract the businesses and community leaders who will work to sustain it. Through collaboration between dedicated colleagues and citizens, I will ensure we safeguard every taxpayer dollar to support the clean, safe and exceptional community we call home.”

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Ruth Larson lives in First Colony where she is active participate in her neighborhood. She and her husband of 35 years, Craig, have three children, Rob (32), Rob works in sales & he and his fiancé, Elli live in Norge, Caroline (24) lives and works in Northern Virginia and is 2021 graduate of George Mason University and Abby (23), lives and works in Richmond and is 2022 Virginia Tech graduate. Ruth currently serves on the WJCC School Liaison Committee, the board of Olde Towne Medical and is Chair of the Tourism Council, the governing board of Visit Williamsburg. She is graduate of the Virginia Association of Counties Certified Supervisors Program and 2013 Sorensen Institute Political Leaders Program graduate.

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Larson has served on the Williamsburg-James City County School Board since 2006, where she has filled the roles of Parliamentarian, Vice Chair and then Chair for three years. She is currently in her second term as the Chair of the Tidewater Region for the Virginia School Boards Association and serves on the Virginia High School League Executive Committee. She was recently appointed to the Virginia School Board Task Force for Workforce Readiness. Larson has been a very active advocate for community and educational issues and funding on a State and Federal Level.

Smart Growth

I am very proud of the work that my colleagues and I have done to ensure smart growth for James City County. We have passed policies to enhance the rural character of the county and put into place other policies that work to maintain our quality of life. I have also worked with County Administration to ensure a better working relationship with our JCC businesses. We are fortunate to have businesses that want to invest in our community and it is important that we work with them to streamline the process of opening a business. With the support of my board colleagues, I introduced a grant program for businesses willing to repurpose existing buildings to begin new businesses. It is a win-win for the community and the business.

Citizen Services

I work to ensure a record of responsiveness to citizen concerns, questions and ideas. While roads in JCC are a responsibility of VDOT, I believe very strongly in working with citizens to ensure that safety issues and maintenance issues are addressed. For example, I worked with VDOT and citizens to address the traffic pattern of an unsafe intersection and an unsafe speed limit. Since the implementation of the new traffic pattern and speed limit, we have seen a noticeable decrease in the number of accidents.

Fiscal Responsibility

James City County has maintained a high bond rating for the past several years. The fiscal management of this county is extremely important to me. So is ensuring that JCC continue to provide its citizen with high quality amenities and services while working to ensure that we are using tax dollars wisely and efficiently.

Education

I served 10 years on the school board, giving me the background to recognize the best path for WJCC schools and support our teachers and students. Berkeley District citizens reach out to me on a number of issues every day, if I don’t have the answer, I work to get them one and to get them to the right person to address their concern.

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