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Adams seeking fourth term
On Henry County Board of Supervisors
Sunday, May 19, 2013
By FROM BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS -
Jim Adams is seeking re-election to the Henry County Board of Supervisors.
The Blackberry District representative announced Saturday that he has filed his paperwork to run for a fourth consecutive four-year term.
“Our greatest resource (in the county) has been and remains our people,” he said. “I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve them.”
Adams said he considers it an honor to have served on the board since January 2002. His current term will expire on Dec. 31.
He currently is the board’s chairman. He also served as chairman in 2008 and 2012 and vice chairman in 2003, 2005 and 2007.
“While the last number of years have been quite challenging for our county, particularly with a national and global recession occurring, Henry County has held its own because of sound fiscal management,” Adams said.
Sound finances help the county take part in economic development efforts, match grants and solidify infrastructure that will make the area stand out as the economy improves, he said.
“Putting our citizens to work through job creation and retention of existing businesses still remains the (county’s) No. 1 priority,” he emphasized.
Adams said he is especially proud of having helped the county increase its general fund balance, which includes reserve funds that can be used to help pay unanticipated expenses.
The total general fund balance was just mor than $9 million in 2002 when he joined the board. At the end of fiscal 2012, it was just more than $28 million, according to a chart Adams provided. In the same period, the unassigned general fund balance rose from $547,964 to just less than $18 million, a chart shows.
Adams said he favors continuing support for educational opportunities, from early childhood learning to advanced college degrees, that will “ensure we have a trained workforce that has the skills to match the needs of the business community.”
He pledged to continue working to stabilize the county’s fire and emergency medical services system through supplemental staffing and fine-tuning the area’s needs with input from service providers as part of a recent assessment.
“This is important to our area,” Adams said, “as the needs for services increase while many who have volunteered in the past have found themselves having to work additional jobs to provide for their families.”
Supporting fire departments, rescue squads, the 911 Center and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office ensures timely response to community needs, he said.
Adams also pledged to continue working to improve the area’s appearance and quality of life.
“This area’s natural beauty and resources are second to none,” he said.
Adams is the branch manager and oversees procurement for Tarheel Paper and Supply in Martinsville. He serves on the West Piedmont Planning District Commission and previously served on the county’s Board of Zoning Appeals and School Facilities Improvement Committee.
He also was chairman of the Bassett Housing Rehabilitation Board, assigned to a rehab project in the Riverside Drive area.
Adams is on the board of the MARC Workshop, the executive board of The Starting Place in Martinsville, and the boards of Habitat for Humanity and the Patrick Henry Volunteer Fire Department. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Bassett and the Sanville Ruritan Club, and he is an elder at Stella Christian Church.
In his former role as procurement manager for VF Corp., Adams was named to Who’s Who Among Business Professionals in 2000 and 2001.
He and his wife, Teresa, have two daughters: Nicole Adams, a counselor at William Fleming High School in Roanoke, and Monica Adams Hatchett, an AP English teacher at Bassett High School. They have two grandchildren, William and Anna Hatchett.