Meet Charlena Jones, a dedicated and passionate candidate for House District 100, born and raised on Virginia's Eastern Shore. As an
evangelist, mother, grandmother, businesswoman, author, and community leader residing in Northampton County, Charlena's life has
been devoted to preparing for this moment, where she can represent and serve her community on the Eastern Shore and Virginia
Charlena's commitment to education is unwavering. One of Charlena's proudest achievements is her work in ensuring accessible and
equitable public education. In 2001, she took the lead in a parent outreach and fundraising initiative when her older child entered Head
Start. Her efforts resulted in every child in the Northampton program enjoying at least one free field trip, lessening the financial burden
on low-income families. As the president of her younger child's PTA, Charlena shifted the organization's focus from fundraising to
legislative action, earning them the recognition as a PTA Recognized School of Excellence.
During the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, Charlena's commitment to education remained strong. As a member of the
Northampton County Education Foundation, they successfully secured hotspots and funds to support the students' remote education.
Charlena also contributed to the COVID-19 Contingency Plan, further demonstrating her dedication to her community's well-being.
Charlena's leadership qualities and dedication were recognized when she became the first African American to chair the Northampton
County School Board. Her advocacy for the school board's initiatives, including salary scale decompression, teacher raises, teacher
recruitment and retention, and increased pay rates for support staff, reflects her commitment to improving the lives of educators and
Beyond education, Charlena's care for her community extends to other vital areas. As co-chair of the Eastern Shore Healthy
Communities Poverty Workgroup, she engages in training and community engagement, striving to find solutions that lift community
members out of poverty and meet their basic needs.
Charlena Jones is a candidate whose life experiences, dedication, and passion for education and community welfare make her an
exceptional choice for House District 100. With her at the helm, the community can look forward to a representative who truly
understands their needs and is committed to making a positive difference in their lives.
I believe that students should be career ready by the time of graduation.
There are government mandates that require funding, but funding isn't provided and we (School Boards) call them unfunded mandates.
Rural localities are challenged with meeting various aspects in education even with the financial support of local government.
I believe that more funding should be allocated to our local government for schools to help ensure equity in education.
I believe everyone should do their best. However, I do not believe that we should have to work two jobs just to make ends meet.
No one should have to decide between feeding their families or pay rent.
No one should have to decide between clothing their children or pay the electric bill.
No one should have to decide between providing or raising their children.
These things happen. It's because wages are too low.
As a School Board member my eyes were open to the large stack of contracts that were declined by new teachers.
Why? Because there was no place to live or they couldn't afford what was available.
The working professionals deserve housing affordable for them, not systemic systems.
We deserve to live in communities that don't make us sick.
I believe that environmental decisions should be human centric.
I believe there are cases when abortion is healthcare.
However, a woman's right to give birth is between her, her health care provider & God.
My personals beliefs are my own, based on my relationship with Christ. However, I do not force my beliefs on any one.
Nonetheless, I believe that everyone, regardless of their lifestyle should be treated with dignity and respect.