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Former state delegate appointed to electoral board

Former state delegate appointed to electoral board

Former state delegate Joan Jones has been appointed to the Lynchburg Electoral Board. Jones, who served in the House of Delegates from 1974 to 1982, will be part of a three-member body charged with overseeing city elections.

Her term begins March 1 and expires in 2017. Jones was nominated for the post by the Lynchburg Democratic Committee, and confirmed by the 24th Circuit Court. She is replacing Cham Light, a Republican.

By state law, electoral boards must consist of two representatives of the same political party as the governor and one representative of the party of the gubernatorial runner up.

The changeover in the governor's mansion this year meant it was the Democrats turn to nominate a board member.

Despite the political roots of its nomination process, the board is charged with administering elections in a fair and nonpartisan manner. Its duties include hiring the voter registrar, certifying election results, and advising City Council on precinct boundaries and polling place locations.

Light, an attorney, served two non-consecutive terms on the electoral board. Both times he rotated off because of a change of power in the governor's office.

Council recently appointed him to the Lynchburg Planning Commission.

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