Only one of the three races on the ballot will be contested in the Hillsville Town Elections on May 1.
Potential candidates had until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6 to file with the Carroll County Voter Registrar to run for Mayor or for seats in the Sulphur Springs and Laurel Fork wards. Both incumbent Mayor Gregory Crowder and incumbent Laurel Fork Ward Councilman Greg Yonce will be running unopposed. Crowder is seeking his fourth term as Mayor of Hillsville (mayoral terms are two years). Yonce is seeking his fifth terms as Laurel Fork Councilman.
The only race that will be contested will be in the Sulphur Springs Ward, where Barry L. Jessup has filed to run against incumbent councilman Bill Tate. Tate is a former Mayor of Hillsville and a long-time member of Hillsville Town Council. Jessup is member of the Hillsville Fire Department and has been employed for the last 20 years as an aftermarket technician by Kollmorgen in Radford. He has lived in the Town of Hillsville for the past 25 years and is a member of Blue Ridge Fellowship Church and attends Grace Point Church. Jessup said he has been asked why he decided to run for Hillsville Town Council.
“That was a very easy question for me to answer and the answer is to serve the citizens of the Sulphur Springs District. I have always loved the Town of Hillsville as well as the people that make up our town. I could not imagine living anywhere else,” Jessup said. “I have always had a passion for the town and how it is run. I always want to know where the tax dollars are being spent and that the decisions that are being made regarding the town are in the best interest of the taxpayers as well as the Town of Hillsville.”
If elected, Jessup said his goals are to help promote better-paying jobs to the area and to keep taxes as low as possible. But he said his number one goal is the improvement of the town’s water system.
“Some may wonder exactly what I mean by improving the water system. Our water system is aging, and we have got to work as a team to find ways to replace more water lines. If we can find ways to replace these lines it is a win-win situation for everyone,” Jessup said. “What I mean by this is that the citizens will always have water, the town maintenance crew will be less likely having to work repairing these lines on these cold nights and staying away from their families. I am very proud to be a citizen of the Town of Hillsville and thank our Police Department, Administrative staff, Public Works Staff, and the Water Department is the best around. Thank you for your time and I would appreciate your vote on May 1st.”
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN