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George Hrichak has pledged to support a man looking to take his spot on the York County Board of Supervisors representing Grafton, Dare and Harwood’s Mill.
Hrichak announced his endorsement of Republican candidate Jeff Wassmer in a news release Wednesday, saying Wassmer is “the exact kind of leader York County citizens deserve.”
“I am very pleased that we have a very viable, caring, and experienced citizen willing to build upon our legacy by ensuring all of those things that make York County a great place to live are preserved and enhanced,” Hrichak said.
Hrichak, also a Republican, announced in February he would not be seeking re-election after two terms in office.
“I believe the county is best served by a broad range of people contributing to make our community a better place to live,” he said, adding he was “honored” and “proud” to serve District 4 for four years.
Wassmer, the CEO of Spectrum, a Newport News-based company that provides solutions for the Department of Defense and other federal agencies, said Hrichak’s endorsement meant a lot to him.
“Anybody that enters the public service deserves a great amount of respect from those they serve, and George Hrichak’s service has been commendable, and the recent county report card is a reflection of his service,” he said, referring to the results of a recent survey that showed 52 and 48 percent of citizens rated the county as an “excellent” or “good” place to live, respectively.
“We all owe him a debt of gratitude,” Wassmer said of Hrichak.
A father of three children, Wassmer spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and started Spectrum in 1999. He serves on various local organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula and the Peninsula Fine Arts Center.
His campaign website said he wants to continue to ensure the quality of life in the county by supporting the school system, being fiscally conservative with citizens’ tax dollars and engaging in respectful dialogue with constituents.
Wassmer announced his candidacy in February and is currently uncontested. His name will appear on ballots in the general election Nov. 3.