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Hymes Announces Re-Election Campaign

Posted on Jun 23, 2017

I am excited to officially announce my candidacy for re-election to represent the residents of Tazewell county once again on the  Board of Supervisors.  It has been my honor to serve the citizens of the Southern District of Tazewell County for more than a decade.  During this time, I have worked diligently to move our county forward despite the difficult economic times plaguing our region.  My focus has always been on growing our county’s economy, while carefully managing the taxpayer’s money. 

We have lowered the property tax rate three times, reduced the merchant’s capital tax on local businesses, and created a website allowing citizens to see firsthand how their tax dollars are spent. This has been accomplished while increasing our funding for education and public safety.

I am especially proud of the small business growth within our county.  The number of entrepreneurs working to establish businesses in our county has increased.  In the coming year, I will work to establish a small business roundtable for the purpose of learning how county government can best meet the needs of small businesses in our county.  It is critical to our local economy that we grow and market strong sustainable small businesses that attract interest from both local residents and travelers throughout the region.

lowered the property tax rate three times, reduced the merchant’s capital tax on local businesses, and created a website allowing citizens to see firsthand how their tax dollars are spent. This has been accomplished while increasing our funding for education and public safety.

Tazewell County should embrace our creative entrepreneurs and give them the support needed to be successful.  I pledge to continue to be a strong advocate for diversifying our economy by marketing local tourism, nurturing our small business, and providing a business friendly environment for economic growth in our county.  By providing a low tax rate, a world class education system with strong workforce training options, superior healthcare options, and a robust network of broadband, we can attract the jobs needed to keep our children home.

I want to continue serving the residents of Tazewell county and finish several projects –

  • Increase the county’s focus on increasing broadband access for our unserved, and underserved areas. 
  • Budget funding for increased residential access to our natural gas resources. It is not fair that we are shipping gas to other states while our local residents are denied access.
  • Follow up on the Virginia Tech radon study, and fund additional studies’ on our local healthcare issues.
  • Increase funding for Education and educators.
  • Grow and diversify our job base so that our children can return to live and work in Tazewell County.
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Hymes visits Remote Area Medical, Reaffirms support for providing health coverage for 30,000 Southwest Virginians

Posted on Jul 20, 2014

Offers Marketplace Virginia as one possible solution

Mike Hymes, from Tazewell County’s Board of Supervisors, visited Remote Area Medical at the Wise County Fairgrounds this weekend and issued the following statement:

“We are the richest nation on earth and yet for thousands of people, the only health care they will get is provided by volunteers in muddy tents at a county fairground. The sheer number of desperate people I saw huddling against the rain at RAM makes it clear we need to find a way to provide health coverage for the 30,000 uninsured working people in Southwest Virginia.”

“I support Marketplace Virginia, the bipartisan plan that will allow the 30,000 uninsured people in our region access to affordable health coverage. It’s a Virginia way to address this health care crisis without Washington interference. These are working people, and Marketplace Virginia, to which they will also contribute financially, will not only ensure a healthier workforce, but also help our rural hospitals stay open.”

“The volunteers and medical professionals with Remote Area Medical provide an invaluable service to the people of Southwest Virginia. I applaud them for selflessly donating their time to help our families, friends and neighbors get necessary, and in some cases, lifesaving medical care. My son and his wife, a dentist, and members of our church have volunteered at RAM in Buchanan County, and I have seen the positive difference that this program makes in the lives of not only the patients but also the volunteers.”

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Mike Hymes Calls For Full Transparency Regarding Tobacco Commission Revelations

Posted on Jun 29, 2014

(Tazewell, VA) — It was reported in the media last night that emails released by the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission (Tobacco Commission), “…outline plans hatched by Del. Terry Kilgore, R-Scott, to offer Sen. Phillip P. Puckett, D-Russell, a senior job with the commission once he resigned from the Virginia Senate.” This is a job that was created especially for Senator Puckett.

“As a member of the Tobacco Commission, Ben Chafin needs to disclose his involvement with the Commission’s plan to give Phil Puckett a job,” said Mike Hymes. “Not only should Chafin release all his Tobacco Commission phone records, emails and computer records, he should also release all his private communications and meetings he had with Delegate Kilgore and members and staff of the Commission regarding his role in trading a job for a Senate seat.

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Mike Hymes Calls for Rollback of President Obama’s EPA as Well as State Coal Regulations

Posted on Jun 25, 2014

JUNE 23, 2014 – Tazewell, VA

“It doesn’t matter to me where the anti-coal regulations come from. They are hurting our workers, jobs and the future of Southwest Virginia.  I oppose them.” – Mike Hymes

Today, Democratic candidate for the 38th Senate district Mike Hymes reaffirmed his stance against the war on coal — and went one step farther, breaking with the Democratic Party by announcing his opposition to President Obama’s and Gov. McAuliffe’s efforts to regulate coal.

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Bluefield College School of Dental Medicine

Posted on Oct 20, 2013

October 18, 2013

Letter to the Editor:

 While it may appear that Tazewell County is giving money to Bluefield College for the creation of a dental school or spending money it shouldn’t spend, that is not the case at all. In fact, every dollar extended to the Bluefield College School of Dental Medicine for start-up support will be returned to the County. The County is not giving or spending, but rather investing in a dental school project that will reap returns greater than its investment. As reported in an economic impact study conducted by Mangum Economic Consulting, those returns will come in the form of:

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