Northern Neck’s Delegate Pollard announces retirement, disappointment with politics
Northern Neck Delegate Albert Pollard, Jr. surprised colleagues on Friday by announcing on the House floor he would not be seeking another term of office.
The 43-year-old farmer and small businessman has represented the 99th District on and off for nearly ten years on issues that affected local watermen, the environment, health care and education. But he said while he ran to serve, he did not want a career as a politician.
During the session on Friday, he made clear his disappointment with the political process.
Pollard: Everyone here – and I’m guilty, I’m guilty, Mr. Speaker – has seen their caucuses engineer a vote designed to embarrass, or engineer getting a bill killed so the other side doesn’t get the credit, or killed a bill on retribution.
Pollard reminded delegates of their uphill battle against lobbyists.
Pollard: There are eight lobbyists for every delegate. They have people hired on both sides of the aisle. They have spending accounts. They have a constituency of one. We have other jobs; this is their job.
This is Pamela D’Angelo with WCVE News in Heathsville.