Miriam Riggs of Cashville has announced her candidacy for the District 7 seat on the Accomack County Board of Supervisors. She seeks to replace Laura Belle Gordy, who is retiring. Miriam has lived in Accomack County for over 40 years, where she has worked as a self employed designer and business person, and raised her four children.
Over the years, Riggs has been outspoken advocate for the Shore, and has weighed in on a number of issues facing Accomack County, including rapid subdivision development in the agricultural zones, enactment of wetlands protections for the seaside watershed, management of storm-water runoff, and increased regulation of industrial poultry operations.
Riggs has served as a volunteer on the Boards of Directors of Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore, the Eastern Shore Artisans Guild, Save Our Shore, and Central Green. In 2006, she co-organized “Friends of Broadway Landing” to work with State and local officials in re-establishing public access to the Chesapeake Bay at an overlooked public right of way. Miriam served on the Citizen’s Stakeholder Committee to provide input for county zoning updates during the 2008 work sessions to revise Accomack’s Comprehensive Plan. She is currently active on the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Council. Her ongoing professional work includes exhibit design for the Barrier Islands Center, and restoration of a Virginia Historic Landmark house near Eastville. She has a BA Degree from Old Dominion University.