Jerrauld “Jay” Jones announced this week that he is running for the 89th District House of Delegates seat of the Virginia General Assembly. The seat is currently held by Delegate Daun Hester who is stepping down to run for the office of Norfolk City Treasurer.
Jones, a lifelong resident of the 89th district, is currently an attorney with Willcox & Savage, P.C. in Norfolk.
He completed his undergraduate studies at the College of William & Mary, where he attended as a “William & Mary Scholar” on a full scholarship. He graduated with a double major in government and history, and later obtained his law degree from the University of Virginia. Upon graduation from law school, he began practicing law in Norfolk. Prior to attending law school, he was an associate with Goldman Sachs where he focused on risk management and rating advisory.
Jay Jones’ family has a long history of service to the city of Norfolk. His grandfather, Hilary H. Jones, Jr., was a pioneer in the Civil Rights Movement. A lawyer, he became the first African-American member appointed to the Norfolk School Board and subsequently the first African-American appointed to the Virginia State Board of Education.
Jones’ father, Jerrauld C. Jones, served eight terms in the House of Delegates representing the 89th District. He stepped down in 2002 to accept an appointment by Governor Mark Warner to serve as the Director of the Department of Juvenile Justice for the Commonwealth of Virginia.