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Whether he is volunteering with the Grafton Kiwanis or writing “The Crown & Cardinal,” a political thriller based in York County, William “Chad” Green said he does his research and talks to as many people as he can before he makes a decision.
Green said he would bring this approach to his leadership if he is elected to the District 3 seat on the York County Board of Supervisors.
“We’ve got a really good county here but I think it can be better, and I’m going to strive to make it an excellent county,” he said.
Green (R), 45, an attorney, said he built a home “across the lane” from his grandfather’s home in Seaford in 2002. He grew up in Newport News and, after attending college and law school in Alabama, he said he returned to the area to be close to his family and the water.
“I grew up fishing and crabbing commercially,” Green said. “Once that saltwater gets in your blood, it’s hard to get out.”
When current District 3 representative Don Wiggins announced his retirement, Green said he started receiving calls from residents encouraging him to run for the seat.
“My motivation is the desire to see York County the best place to live, work, raise a family,” Green said. “Low taxes, user-friendly, citizen-oriented. Those are my desires.”
This is not Green’s first bid for public office. He ran for the District 3 seat in 2007 but lost by 55 votes to Wiggins. In 2011, he ran for the Republican nomination in a special election to fill the 91st District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates but lost to former Poquoson Mayor Gordon Helsel Jr.
In his current effort, Green said he was humbled to have received an endorsement from his former opponent, Wiggins.
“I’m humbled by this man’s endorsement because in 2007 we were locked in a heated battle,” Green said. “Now we’re really good friends.”
Green said he decided to run in 2007 because he saw the county needed a “change in direction.” Some of his campaign issues during that first race – which included keeping taxes low, maintaining the quality of education, and making county processes and interactions more user-friendly – are his priorities if elected to office this year, Green said.
Regarding the quality of education, Green said he would seek to solve problems, not just “throw money” at the school division. He said he intends to collaborate with the elected District 3 school board member and encourage teacher retention and parent involvement.
“I’m committed to, whoever wins, working as closely as I can with them to make sure our schools are taken care of,” Green said.
Green is competing against newcomer Don Phillips for the seat. If elected, Green said he would bring common-sense conservatism, legal knowledge and lifelong ties to the community to the Board of Supervisors.
“It’s not like being elected to something has ever been a lifetime goal,” Green said. “This is more about service and making the place that you live, that has been good to myself and my family, a better place.”