Pictured: Spencer Murray speaks at the annual Eggs and Issues breakfast held every year by the Eastern Shore of Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Murray has spoken the last three years at the event as the Chairman of the Northampton Board of Supervisors.

By Ted Shockley


Spencer Murray, the genteel but forthright District 4 member of the Northampton County Board of Supervisors, has announced that he will not seek re-election this fall.

“I plan to pursue the life I promised myself over 50 years ago when I started to work,” said Murray in a prepared statement during Tuesday might’s county meeting.

Murray is the fourth member of the Eastern Shore’s two boards of supervisors to declare in recent weeks that this term would be their last.

It’s a dedicated and quotable quartet: In addition to Murray’s Northampton colleague, District 5 Supervisor Robert Duer, Accomack County Supervisors Laura Belle Gordy and Grayson Chesser have announced they will not run.

The general election is Nov. 5.

Murray brought to the board a penchant for deft explanation and good diction, and more than a bit of professional polish, when he won election in 2007.

That year a four-way District 4 campaign featured future supervisor Richard Hubbard, former supervisor Charles Bell and local restaurateur Franco Nocera. Murray, who had served on the county school board, won with 38 percent of the vote.

Hubbard won four years later after Murray declined to run, citing a family illness. He defeated Hubbard in 2015.

Murray held several executive positions in the financial industry before starting a consulting firm helping troubled companies, among other specialities, according to the county website. He earned the Bronze Star while serving in U.S. Army Intelligence in Vietnam.

“For the remainder of 2019 I intend to work diligently with my fellow supervisors to complete the positive efforts we have underway,” he said.