Woodard will not seek reelection to county board

Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Jul 14, 2011 - 10:46 AM

Ware District Supervisor Gregory Woodard said Thursday that he will not seek another term on the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors.

He confirmed this decision after releasing the following statement through a county-issued press release Wednesday afternoon:

“In the beginning (2007), my wife and I agreed that I would serve one term unless God said otherwise.  It has been a privilege and honor to serve the citizens of Gloucester as the Ware District representative to the Board of Supervisors.  Public service isn't about the name of a political party, but all about serving the people. 

Photo: Gregory Woodard

Gregory Woodard

“I first want to thank God for the opportunity to serve; I thank Church of the Living Word for praying and releasing me to serve; I thank the citizens for helping me to serve, Dawn Hobgood, Dale Burrell, Georgette Hurley, Brenda Garton, Ted Wilmot and the county staff for assisting me in my service; I thank my BOS colleagues for serving with me; I thank my children for their understanding and love;  and I thank my wife, Pastor Eunice Woodard, for being by my side in “every way”. It’s amazing to see how she attended all the BOS meetings except for 2 in four years.

“These years of public service has literally changed my life.  I thank God for my supporters – they encouraged me.  I thank God for my opposition – they strengthened me. The worst made me stronger and the best humbled me the more.   Serving people is about doing the right thing even when you are persecuted for it.  I thank God for helping me to walk in righteousness, as His servant.

 “May God help us to be a community with different ideas working together for the good of Gloucester.  Dr. King once said, ‘We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.’We all matter and we must work together or we will continue to see the demise of what we call “community”. 

 “I will end with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.’

“My prayers are with the Board of Supervisors and the citizens of Gloucester County.”

When asked directly whether this meant he would not be running for office again, Woodard said, “One term. Will not seek reelection.”

Andy James announced he will be running as an Independent for the seat and Katie Thompson announced she will be seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat.