Orth, James seek to retain seats on Gloucester board

Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Feb 20, 2019 - 02:04 PM

Robert “JJ” Orth, Abingdon district representative, and Andy James, Ware district representative on the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors, both announced Monday that they will seek re-election to their respective seats and will be running as independents. If re-elected, the two would serve their third terms on the board.

Both Orth and James emphasized that they want to carry on the legacy of the current board of supervisors’ ability to work together for the betterment of the county.

“We all have very interesting backgrounds, which I think has helped make the board work well together,” Orth said. “They allow us to have different angles to our approaches on various subjects.”

“I feel like we’ve accomplished a lot as a board because of our (ability) to work together on a lot of things,” James added. One of the biggest accomplishments he said has been making life easier for owners of small businesses. “Getting permits are a whole lot easier and we’ve been able to accelerate the process a whole lot,” he said.

“I guess we’re old enough to retire, but felt we wanted to do it one more time,” James added. “There’s a lot of business that still needs to be done … and if the whole board stays together, I think we’ll get more accomplished than if we split up.”

Orth said he feels confident in the board’s continued ability to work together, as he said there have been very few split votes on the many matters the supervisors consider. “We really haven’t had any controversies,” he said.