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Kendall will seek re-election to board of supervisors seat
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Incumbent Iriswood District Supervisor Milton Kendall announced Friday that he has filed the paperwork to seek a second term on the Henry County Board of Supervisors in the Nov. 5 election.
“It has been an honor to serve the people of Henry County and the Iriswood District the past four years. I am proud to have been an active part of the board over the past four years,” said Kendall, 54. “Job creation and addressing citizens’ concerns and needs are still my top priorities.”
Successes he highlighted during his four years on the board of supervisors include helping establish a paid Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff.
“This needed program has been set up to assist volunteers in our local rescue squads and fund itself at no cost to our taxpayers,” Kendall said.
He noted that he and other supervisors also “supported the New College (Institute) and the local school system. All of our schools are fully accredited (due to) the hard work of our teachers and school staff.”
On economic development, Kendall said the supervisors sold the county-owned shell building in the Patriot Center “to a company (Commonwealth Laminating) that brought needed jobs to our area, and the board currently has plans to build another” shell building there to aid with continued expansion of the area’s economy.
The supervisors also have “increased the emphasis and penalties on littering to help keep our communities cleaner,” he said.
With those accomplishments and others, as well as continued efforts to build on the foundation the supervisors have created over the last few years, “I am optimistic that our area will come back from the downturn that we have had in the past 10 years” as jobs and companies located overseas, Kendall said.
“If I am re-elected, I will work for building Interstate 73 through our area” to further help economic development efforts, because “good jobs and good companies follow interstate road systems,” Kendall said.
Also, “I support the current route of I-73, and I feel that it should be started at the Patriot Center and connected to our current U.S. 58 Bypass at Laurel Park,” and include the design of an interchange near the Martinsville Speedway, he said.
Of particular emphasis for Kendall and the current board of supervisors is locating “more retail business and restaurants to the area. I will work with fellow supervisors, local officials and other organizations to do my part to make this happen,” Kendall said.
A member of the Axton Life Saving Crew, Dyers Store Volunteer Fire Department, and Mt. Olivet and Irisburg Ruritan clubs, Kendall also served on the Henry County School Board from 2004 to 2007.
He and his wife, Betty, have three sons, Mitchell Kendall, Matthew Kendall and Mason Kendall, and three grandchildren.