Del. Jones unopposed

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 17, 2005

Republican Del. S. Chris Jones bucked the state GOP in 2004 by introducing the $984 million budget that called for the first general tax hike in a generation.

Jones defied his party again this year when he voted against resuming the incremental car tax rollback that began in 1998.

Nonetheless, Jones is unchallenged in his bid for re-election. The deadline for candidates to file petitions to run in the June 15 primary was Friday.

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Jones’ past actions have upset a handful of the more conservative members of the Suffolk GOP, said Chairman Stephen G. Trent recently.

But Jones, unopposed in last run for office, has always won support from Democrats and Republicans alike, Trent said.

&uot;The best way to define Chris Jones is to call him the favorite son of Suffolk,&uot; he said. Delegates Lionell Spruill Sr., D-77th and Johnny S. Joannou, D-79th, whose districts include slices of Suffolk, are also unopposed in their runs for reelection.

Thus far, all four of the city’s constitutional officers-Sheriff Raleigh H. Isaacs, Commissioner of Revenue Thomas A. Hazelwood, Treasurer Ronald H. Williams and Commonwealth’s Attorney C. Phillips Ferguson-are unopposed in their bids for reelection.

However, challengers have until June 14 to file for that race.