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.