GRAFTON, Mass. — Grafton Selectman Peter Adams will not seek re-election in May, ending his political career of nine years, he announced Tuesday night.
"I wanted to give anyone who is inclined to run enough time to conduct a campaign," Adams said at the start of the selectmen meeting.
Adams' announcement was met with praise from his fellow selectmen.
"We've had our differences, but I've grown to like and respect Peter a lot," Selectman Brook Padgett said. "There will be a void on the board."
Selectman John Carlson agreed. "Peter brings a different perspective to the board that will be missed."
Adams' seat is one of two up for grabs in the May 21 town election. Chairman David Ross is still undecided about whether he will seek re-election. Ross is now finishing his first three-year term.
"I'll miss it," Adams said. "I'm a nosy person, I like being in the loop. I just need to take a break. The hard part of this job is all the meetings — not just these meetings but other committee meetings you need to attend."
Adams will continue to serve on the Zoning Board of Appeals.