NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Phillip Jones has declared victory in the race to be Newport News’ next mayor.
The current planning commissioner has garnered 40% of the unofficial vote with 45 of 47 precincts reporting, over opponents Vice Mayor Saundra Cherry, Councilwoman Tina Vick, Councilman David Jenkins. The race has been the most expensive in the city’s history with nearly $327,000 raised so far between the four candidates running.
Jones will succeed Mayor McKinley Price, who decided not to run for a fourth term.
When it is all said and done, this will likely be the highest votes cast in a mayoral election in Newport News history.