By Linda Cicoira — Howard “Jackie” Phillips announced Wednesday he will seek the District 7 seat on the Accomack County Board of Supervisors in the November General Election.
Phillips, of Cashville, a lifelong Accomack County resident and a 1979 graduate of Onancock High School, is ANEC’s coordinator of safety and transportation maintenance.
After high school, he became a certified diesel mechanic and said he worked closely with area farmers throughout the county. Phillips later joined the Army National Guard, where he was the distinguished graduate finishing first in his class of Advanced Individual Training. He served six years in the National Guard achieving the rank of staff sergeant.
Phillips then began his career at ANEC starting as a meter reader and custodian and working his way up the ranks after completing his four-year apprenticeship becoming an electrician lineman. He has served as a crew member, chief lineman, serviceman, superintendent, and director. He also served on the executive board of IBEW Local 1307 for two years.
“Public safety is a top priority for me,” Phillips said. “I’ve been involved in safety programs in the community for a number of years, from schools and churches to fire departments and local scout troops.”
Phillips became a Loss Control Professional through the University of Wisconsin School of Business and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He is an avid hunter and fisherman and is a past president of the Eastern Shore Anglers Club and was part of a group that helped establish what is known today as the Bay Challenge. Phillips is a member of Broadway Baptist Church, in Cashville, and has served as a deacon and trustee. He and his wife of 33 years have two adult daughters and twin grandsons.
Miriam Riggs, also of Cashville, is also vying for the post. Supervisor Laura Belle Gordy, who has held the job for many terms, is retiring.