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Adkins to run for Va. Senate
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer
Martinsville Mayor Kim Adkins announced Tuesday that she will seek the Democratic nomination for the 20th District state Senate seat in 2015.
Therefore, she will not seek re-election to Martinsville City Council, she said during Tuesday night’s council meeting. Her term ends on Jan. 1.
She will vie for the seat now held by state Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Glade Hill.
The 20th District includes Martinsville, Galax and Henry and Patrick counties plus parts of Danville and Pittsylvania, Franklin, Halifax and Carroll counties.
“I know that winning this seat is going to be tough, but I am willing to take a chance because I love this community, and I think I can bring a perspective to Richmond to help our region to tackle our unique challenges,” Adkins said.
The Senate seat will be up for grabs in the November 2015 election. Adkins said she decided to announce her intentions to seek the seat now because as mayor, “I felt that I had an obligation” to tell the people she represents.
She decided not to put off pursuing a state office because “I have learned that if I wait for the perfect time to do something I will be waiting for a very long time,” she said.
“With this advanced notice,” Adkins said, “I hope this will give others in the community ample time to consider running for city council.”
Being a council member requires commitment, she said.
Yet “the experience is second to none and rewarding,” she said, “especially when we (council members) are able to help an individual, family or business solve their problems at hand.”
“Not all problems result in desired outcomes,” Adkins said, “but 99 percent of the time, being responsive is sincerely appreciated” by residents.
Adkins said that after her council term ends, “I hope you (city residents) will follow the campaign with high interest and continue to call me if you have any questions or concerns” about matters with which she may be able to help.
“It has been an honor serving as your mayor and I will continue to serve in this role until my term expires,” she added. Until then, “I will continue to do the best that I can and to be a positive voice for the city.”
Following Adkins’ announcement, Councilman Mark Stroud wished her good luck. No other council members publicly commented on her decision.
Council members serve four-year terms and the mayor, whom the council elects from among its members, serves a two-year term.
Adkins was elected to council in May 2010. Immediately after taking her oath, council members elected her mayor. She was re-elected to another term as mayor on Jan. 1, 2013.
Since she was elected to council, city elections have switched to being held in November — alongside state and federal races — instead of May.
Adkins, 51, owns KEA Consulting Services LLC, a marketing, public relations and fundraising consulting firm which she founded last year. She previously was executive director of the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board and president of the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to that, she was director of corporate communications and investor relations for Tultex Corp. She also worked for the National Rifle Association.
Adkins has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. She has served on various boards and commissions in the region and currently is on the West Piedmont Planning District Commission. She has completed the Virginia Certified Planning Commissioners Program.
Adkins and her husband of 25 years, Jeff, who is Martinsville High School’s varsity boys basketball coach, have two children: Jack, a senior at Elon University, and Claire, a freshman at James Madison University.