Candidate, 18, makes bid for seat on county Board of Supervisors

Eli Jones’ political ambitions aren’t fleeting or novel.

Jones says there’s nothing unusual about his candidacy for the Matoaca District seat on the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors, or his desire to be a leader.

Jones, 18, may still be a teenager, but he’s serious about public service and the basic tenets of government.

Wearing a crisply pressed, dark gray suit, he acknowledged that some people “don’t take me seriously, and that’s to be expected because of my age.”

But Jones, who will turn 19 next month, says he has received positive feedback from voters while knocking on doors during his young campaign this year.

“People are tired of politics. They want someone who will stand on principle rather than play party politics,” he said. “They want someone who will do what’s in the best interest of the county.”

Jones, who Chesterfield general registrar Lawrence C. Haake III says has already qualified to appear on the November ballot, is among a crowded field of Democrats, Republicans and independents expected to seek the seat being vacated by outgoing Matoaca District Supervisor Renny B. Humphrey.

Dawn Jones said her son whose first name is Aaron—was named after prominent biblical figures and was taught early that lead- ership is not restricted by age.

“We love America,” she said. “We are a very patriotic family, and we wanted our son to know the foundation of the nation we love.”

Having read historic books such as “The Federalist Papers,” a series of 85 essays advocating adoption of the U.S. Constitution written by some of the nation’s Founding Fathers, Eli Jones is well versed in the history of governance.

“There’s no point in studying a document unless you study it from the original intent of founders,” Jones said. He will seek office as a Constitution Party candidate. “I think that government needs to be centered around the principle that God is the governor of the universe. God grants us rights, and governments are here to protect those rights.”

Documents such as the Constitution and “The Federalist Papers” have shaped his outlook on government and leadership. Also key to his ideals are the teachings of his parents, L.D. and Dawn, who home-schooled him using the Bible as a text to teach literacy.

“A lot of the Founding Fathers had been schooled at home or schooled by mentors outside of the public school arena,” he said.

The Joneses received permission from Wythe County officials to educate their son at home in the early 1990s. They moved to Chesterfield in the late’90s.

Jones has worked for law scholars, academics and elected leaders, and he has written essays on the Constitution on his Web site,, now his campaign site.

When not working on his campaign, Jones is studying to become a paralegal.

Eventually, he wants to practice law—but without attending law school. A person can qualify for a law license if he passes the state bar exam after studying with a lawyer for three years, even if he hasn’t graduated from law school.

Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch

29 Responses to “Candidate, 18, makes bid for seat on county Board of Supervisors”

  1. Ted Says:

    I recently met Eli and he is one extremely impressive young man.

    Now all we need is for everyone who whines and complains about the Dems and the GOP to follow his example by running for office, signing ballot access petitions, contributing their money and time to organize third parties….....

    Hey, I can dream, can’t I?

  2. globalist_elitist Says:

    Just another victim of religious brainwashing and child abuse.

    “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” —John Quincy Adams

    What relevancy does a quote by the son of the worst president 30+ years have to do with anything? JQA was not a founder. Just cherry-picking the most collectivist quotes he could find. I have a few from Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine I’m sure this kid wouldn’t like. His parents have probably never let him see them.

  3. will Says:

    what makes people think we have to govern in the same framework as the founding fathers, we kinda have 200 years of perfecting our system, and a whole different economic and socal system.

  4. Trent Hill Says:

    GE, you realize that John Quincy Adams WAS a president right? Not just the son of one. And yes,he was a founder. He was the 6th president of the United States. In 1817 he was Secretary of State under Madison. Mind you, he didn’t help write Founding Documents, but was an instrumental part of our founding.
    Factoid, this guy took his oath of office on a book of Laws, instead of the Bible.
    Also, Thomas Jefferson has conflicting quotes on Religion. He often admonishes the Bible, then turns around and says that the Lord is Lord over all.
    Thomas Paine, one of the MOST important founding fathers, also has some conflicting quotes.

  5. Trent Hill Says:


    So you think that our current leaders are smarter than the founding fathers? Would you compare clinton to Washington? Bush to Jefferson? Carter to Madison? I think not.

  6. globalist_elitist Says:

    The fact that the statements were conflicting does nothing to undermine my point. JQA was not of the founding generation. That was my point. There were founders who made stupid comments and did stupid things - his father being chief among them. That doesn’t change the fact that the overall character of the founding of our nation was secular.

    Our current leaders most certainly are not “smarter” than the founding generatoin, but that is to say nothing of one idiotic quote by the non-founder, JQA. But regardless, the important thing is for America and Americans to live up to the IDEALS of the Revolution and founding, not the cherry-picked theonomist quotes spouted by brainwashed teenage Talibaners. Chief among those ideals are public secularism, democratic republicanism, individualism, limited government, and social equality (even though the final value was certainly not practiced for years to come).

  7. Trent Hill Says:


    Are you literally retarded? John Quincy Adams was Secretary of State in 1817. He was a senator before that, he was instrumental in the formative years of the United States. The fact that you called his father stupid is telling of just how little you know on this subject.

  8. globalist_elitist Says:

    I said he made stupid remarks and did stupid things. How about the Alien and Sedition Acts, for one?

    1817? Yeah, the country had long since been founded.

  9. globalist_elitist Says:

    By the way, what is the URL for the bumper sticker company that Badnarik works for?

  10. Anthony Distler Says:

    The Adams Family WERE pretty bad presidents. But I don’t think that’s the topic at hand.

    I know how difficult it is to be taken seriously when announcing a candidacy at an early age. I’m running for state representative in 2010, and I just turned 19. People still think it’s a joke candidacy.

  11. Kyle B Says:


    As a someone with a degree in Government I can tell you for sure that JQA is not considered one of the founders. He is categorized in the first generation to come after the founders.

  12. globalist_elitist Says:

    JQA was 9 years old in 1776. Then again, reality means nothing to religious zealots. Just ask about President Sherman.

  13. globalist_elitist Says:

    By the way, Anthony, I think people take your candidacy for a “joke,” if they do, because you are announcing it three years ahead of time. That’s not normal.

  14. Freelancer Says:

    Good grief. Go read a book that Benjamin Rush wrote, another one of our Founding Fathers.

  15. Jason Says:


    I’m sure that was a typo on Trent’s part regarding the remark about Sherman. Just about all Southrons know by heart the names of Sherman and Grant.

    You shouldn’t knock the kid running for office or for being home-schooled by his parents. There is a reason why Americans are consistently ranked in the upper teens in arithmetic and sciences—and falling. The American product thinks along the lines as yourself. Perhaps I am no different but I am aware enough to see its effects. Washington controls our schools and its curriculum. Part of the encroaching gov. thing. The State education agenda is more to the social science’s (why its ok that Tommy has two dads), tolerance, multiculturalism, and forced guilt. Its more of a indoctrination than it is a education. Certainly its not hard to see when compared to earlier generations and weighed against the rest of the world. Oh enlightenment and its philosophers!

  16. globalist_elitist Says:

    I’m not knocking “the kid” (he’s an adult male to me) for running for office. I’m not knocking him for being home-schooled. I’m knocking his parents for filling his head full of more dangerous lies than those forced upon children in government schools.

    I know that there is a need for educational reform. I’m not a fan of the current public education system. But the real reason for concern is the encroaching religious indoctrinization of the youth. The U.S. ranks next to last among industrialized nations in acceptance of evolution. The only country in which fewer people believe Darwin is ISLAMIC TURKEY. This is why our kids are doing poorly in science.

    There are two threats to long-term prosperity in America - religion (home and abroad) and protectionism/nationalism. When the two combine, they are a powerful anticapitalist force. Since these homeschoolers breed like rabbits - another reason that test scores are down - while educated and wealthy people have 1 or 0 kids, the United States and its people are in trouble.

  17. Jason Says:

    Exactly…you acutually believe in Darwin and “the acceptance of evolution”. Haven’t you heard that most of that garbage doesn’t hold water? What about all the complete frauds—proven frauds, mind you—that are being taught in our schools today. Let alone all of the more “enlightened” countries east of us. Blah

  18. globalist_elitist Says:

    Thanks for proving my point.

  19. Jason Says:

    By proving your point you mean calling out the indoctrination that you support? Because our enlightened European friends teach so must we?

  20. globalist_elitist Says:

    Refer to the Penn & Tellar episode on this very topic.

    There is no point in debating with people who deny scientific facts.

  21. Jason Says:

    What about that bitch of a hangup “micro-evolution” that is needed to prove that psuedo-science as fact. You know since its never been observed ever. I admire you and your faith. It is strong.

  22. Freelancer Says:

    LOL! The homeschoolers breed like rabbits. You got that right. There are homeschoolers that know that got like ten kids each compared to their public school counterparts that have maybe two or three. I find that really funny. :)

  23. Freelancer Says:

    Although homeschoolers usually have more like five or six kids.

  24. Trent Hill Says:

    Whatever. This guy deserves a hand.
    Even from GE.
    Ge,even if you don’t like his ideology. He is courageous.

  25. globalist_elitist Says:

    Agreed. I just hope he gets out on his own, gets access to some new perspectives, and can liberate himself from his sheltered, abusive, and North Korean-esque upbringing.

  26. matt Says:

    Not all homeschooled kids are brainwashed loons. Probably more like half. Also, it’s worth noting that the State-worship that gets pushed in government schools has the potential to brainwash any kid who doesn’t make an effort to educate himself.

  27. Trent Hill Says:


    You’ve no idea of his upbringing.
    I wasn’t homeschooled. I went to public school, and now attend a liberal university. My dad is a Republican, and my mom is a Reagan Republican.
    And yet we ended up with similar views, how?
    I read everything from Marx to Buchanan. From Smith, to Rand. I simply came to a logical conclusion that the CP was the best way to go (with some Libertarian influences). It’s amazing how you denounce prejudice and collectivism, and then start grouping people and generalizing.

  28. Freelancer Says:

    So I guess the moral is to educate yourself and you’ll learn to think. “giggles” Like Madison and Jefferson. :)

  29. Sertvfdnhgjk Says:

    Приветствую всех!
    У меня такой вопрос,кто что интересное подскажет буду признателен.
    Мы с друзьями собираемся поехать в круиз по просторам России и ближнего зарубежья месяца на два на своих машинах,но не как не можем согласовать маршрут,если у кого уже был опыт такого путешествия,может,что посоветуете.Девчонок с собой не берем,думаем,что во все городах России с этим не будет проблем,если у кого будут рекомендации и в вопросе отдыха с девушками тоже буду признателен.

    С уважением Сеньчик

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