Bob Camicia will not seek re-election to the Franklin County Board of Supervisors, where he represents the Gills Creek District.
Camicia, 76, cited health problems within his family and a desire to spend more time with them as factors in the choice, which he described as a “family decision.”
Camicia was first elected to the board in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. His second term expires in December.
“I’ve accomplished most of the things that I set out to accomplish with the board of supervisors when I decided to run for that office, so it was a good time to go,” Camicia said Monday.
The retired telecommunications executive moved to Smith Mountain Lake upon his retirement in 2001.
Camicia said he sought to apply his business background to his work on the board of supervisors, specifically in the areas of economic development, strategic planning and financial management.
During his tenure on the board, Camicia said he feels the supervisors have established and agreed upon “a path forward for the county.”
That includes development of the 550-acre Summit View Business Park. He said it’s essential to the objective of creating jobs and “more economic vitality,” which will hopefully keep tax rates reasonably low.
If he has one disappointment, Camicia said, it’s the lack of progress on the career and technical education project at the high school. The supervisors and school board need to come together to find a solution that is economically feasible, he said. Camicia hopes to make more progress toward that goal during the remainder of his term.
He’d also like to see through the implementation of recommendations outlined in the Westlake-Hales Ford area plan and find a successor in whom he can be confident.
“A good executive always has in mind who’s going to fill his seat,” Camicia said.
The supervisor said he viewed his service on the board as an opportunity to give back, and will walk away from the experience with “the overall satisfaction you get in doing something for your community.”