About Jon

Jon is ideally suited to serve the community of Fredericksburg. He has lived in Ward 2 for thirteen years, cares deeply about our City, and has volunteered his time and talent in many ways over many years.

With over three decades as a small business owner and practicing attorney, Jon brings to the table the analytical tools and level-headedness required to do the job. An excellent listener, he plays well with others. Thoughtfully weighing different opinions, Jon does not rush to conclusions, and is adept at finding solutions and common ground.

Jon is a retired archaeologist and a graduate of the law school at the University of Richmond. He’s committed to discovering stories and telling them fully and accurately.  He is licensed to practice law in Virginia and owns a boutique law firm in Fredericksburg (Gerlach Law Firm, PLC). He also owns two businesses. His law practice focuses on wills, trusts, non-profit law, and helping local small businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

After building a satisfying career, he is now dedicated to doing what he loves the most – serving the Fredericksburg community.

Jon and Mitzi live on Charlotte Street with three cats and their mechanical yard owl, “Hal”. They each have two adult children, who are truly amazing in their own right. Tragically, the father of Jon’s two children was shot and killed by a robber when his children were infants. Jon adopted and raised them (but claims no credit for their remarkable success). Together, Mitzi and Jon have eight grandchildren.

Jon Gerlach with Grand Daughter Samarah at Architectural Review Board in Fredericksburg VA

A Community Leader

Jon is a community leader in Fredericksburg. He serves on several boards and committees. To stay abreast of local affairs, Jon attends nearly all meetings of City Council and the Planning Commission. Residents and business leaders often seek out Jon’s input on matters that are important to them, across a wide spectrum of issues. He is known as thoughtful and polite, a good listener with a sound ethical compass, and a person who gathers facts in order to make an informed decision.

Involved in City Government:

  • Chair, City's Architectural Review Board
  • Member, City’s Historic Preservation Working Group
  • Member, City's Archaeology Ordinance task force
  • Member, CPURC (City and Public Utility Review Committee)

Active in the Community:

Jon Gerlach and other artists presenting portraits to actress

It’s not well known, but Jon is an accomplished artist: he enjoys creating portraits and landscapes. “I paint for friends and for my own enjoyment; it’s a great way to decompress after a day’s work.” Below are some examples of his work. Jon also enjoys kayaking on the Rappahannock and walking and biking the trails around the City.

Jon Gerlach photo taken by Mitzi Brown

Art Portfolio

Three Muses
Pump House
Harriet Tubman
Fountain Boy
Duck Sunset
Commuter Parking

What others Say

Jason Graham

Council member, Ward 1
Jason Graham
He brings a sharp mind along with his thoughtful approach and I can't wait to work with him.
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Brian Lam & Will Mackintosh

Community Leaders and Advocates
Brian Lam & Will Mackintosh
We are excited to support Jon because he knows this city inside and out and he truly wants what’s best for it.
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FAAR

Fredericksburg Area Association of Realtors
FAAR
These individuals will contribute much to our local communities by promoting economic development and protecting homeowners’ rights...
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Rev. Jarvis Bailey

Community Leader, Educator, Pastor, and Entrepreneur
Rev. Jarvis Bailey
Jon weighs things. He believes in transparency and practices wisdom.
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George Solley

Former Ward 2 Councilor, Environmental Leader
George Solley
As a former Ward 2 City Councilor, it is my privilege to endorse Jon in his campaign for City Council.
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Lisa & David Durham

Civic Leaders, Community Organizer (Lisa) and Vice-Chair of the Planning Commission (David)
Lisa & David Durham
We are excited to support Jon for City Council.
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D.D. & Kenneth Lecky

Owners of LibertyTown Arts Workshop and Community Leaders
D.D. & Kenneth Lecky
Endorsing Jon was a no brainer for us. He has been a vital supporter of the arts and art businesses in Fredericksburg for as long as I can remember.
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April Peterson

Owner of River Rock Outfitter
April Peterson
There are so many reasons to support Jon; however, I feel the simplest reason is the most important.
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Anita Crossfield

Owner, Italian Station and Active Community Member
Anita Crossfield
During the pandemic, Jon proved to Fredericksburg’s small businesses that he really supports us. Whatever we go through, Jon has been there for us.
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Marguerite Bailey Young

Educator, Health Care Advocate and Fredericksburg Change-Maker
Marguerite Bailey Young
Jon Gerlach would be outstanding on City Council, and he has my vote. Through my close involvement with the NAACP...
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La Bravia Jenkins

Former City of Fredericksburg Commonwealth's Attorney
La Bravia Jenkins
Jon Gerlach has my vote. He is a truly gifted lawyer who is hardworking, kind, and has a great vision for Fredericksburg.
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Jeff Small

City of Fredericksburg Circuit Court Clerk
Jeff Small
For several years, I have had many opportunities to work with and engage with Jon Gerlach. He approaches his work and advocacy with intelligence, diligence and dedication.
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Gaye Todd Adegbalola

Activist, Musician, Educator, Life-Long Fredericksburg Resident
Gaye Todd Adegbalola
I am supporting Jon Gerlach for Fredericksburg’s City Council. I support him for the following reasons...
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Eric Bonds Ph.D.

Co-Founder of Fossil Free Fredericksburg Professor of Sociology at UMW
Eric Bonds Ph.D.
I'm excited to support Jon Gerlach for city council for several reasons.
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Bill Beck

Former Mayor, City of Fredericksburg, Co-Owner Beck Antiques
Bill Beck
I have always thought that some of our very best citizens are folks who could live anywhere but choose to call Fredericksburg home.
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Beth Black

Co-Owner, Foode Small Business Community Leader
Beth Black
There are a lot of reasons why I like and support Jon - I believe he's an excellent attorney and a brilliant advocate for the underserved.
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