Finale Johnson Norton was born and raised in Exmore, on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and currently calls Jamesville home.
Finale will be a tireless advocate for working families in the General Assembly because her own family had to work hard to make ends meet. Her mom cleaned homes before earning her cosmetology license later in life, and her father shucked clams and laid ground cable. Her father died after he was hit by a truck when Finale was in eighth grade. In the hard times that followed, Social Security helped her family get through. In high school, Finale cleaned clam buckets at 6 a.m. at Willis Wharf, graded tomatoes at Six L’s, waitressed, and spent a short week picking crabs at a local crab house. Thanks to public schools, Finale had a chance to further her education. After graduating from Northampton High School, she attended Hampton University and earned her Bachelor of Science degree.
For the next 20 years as a Navy wife and businesswoman, she resided in Norfolk, Virginia, never far from home, remaining close to her family members in Norfolk and on the Eastern Shore. Finale began working at Bank of America (FKA) Sovran Bank in 1988. Always advocating for inclusion and equity, she served on Bank of America’s Diversity Council and was an executive sponsor for the company’s Lead for Women initiative and LGBTQ initiative. During her 26-year tenure at Bank of America, mostly in Norfolk, Finale worked her way up to becoming an executive responsible for more than 3,500 employees. She then worked at a global consulting company before retiring from corporate America.
Over the years, Finale has given back to the community through United Way campaigns, Junior Achievement mentorship, Habitat for Humanity builds, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, March of Dimes fundraising, and the Urban League. While her career has been in business, she has never forgotten her roots. She moved back home to the Eastern Shore to be closer to her family.
Finale never imagined being a candidate for public office, and she is not a career politician. She is running for Delegate in House District 100 because she believes our community deserves a representative who puts people and working families above profit: a servant leader who will be a champion for everyone throughout District 100, both in Norfolk and the Eastern Shore. District 100’s issues are her issues because she has experienced them firsthand. Her willingness to listen and learn embodies the kind of leadership we need. As your future Delegate, Finale will bring your concerns to the General Assembly.
Finale and her husband, retired Navy Captain Sam Norton, live in Jamesville with their rescue pup, Hershey.