By Linda Cicoira — District 3 Supervisor Grayson Chesser, a renowned decoy carver and Eastern Shore native who is in his 13th year on the Accomack Board of Supervisors, announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election to another four-year term in November.
“I’ll soon be 72,” Chesser said. “Dawn (his wife) will soon be 72. Our health is not what it was. I thought about another term. At the end of it, I would be 76. Realistically, at 72, I want to spend some time with my wife and family. I don’t mind serving on boards and commissions, but being on the board of supervisors takes a lot of time,” he said.
“I’ve been worrying about this for a while now and I feel much better now that I’ve really made up my mind,” Chesser said. “I feel like I’ve made the right decision. It’s hard to pick the right time to go. I’ll miss serving with the people I serve with. It’s a good board. It’s a good staff … I’ve really done my civic duty.”
But, he warned, “I’m not going to dry up and go away. I intend to stay involved at a lesser level.”
Chesser said he felt sure someone else competent could replace him. “I’ll do anything I can to help them. It is a steep learning curve.” The supervisor said he was making his announcement early “so anyone interested in considering it would know they would not have me for the opposition.”
Chesser serves as the supervisors’ liaison to the school board. He is a chairman of the county Deer Dog Committee, a member of the Eastern Shore Groundwater Committee, the Agri-Forrestal Committee, the Joint Land-Use Study Committee, and is a former member of the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission.
District 3 includes Horntown, parts of Sign Post, New Church, Oak Hall, part of Atlantic and the surrounding areas, Makemie Park, from Grotons to Holden Creek Road and both sides of Route 695.