Voters in the Pine Creek District in the Town of Hillsville will have a choice on May 1.
Incumbent Councilman Ed Terry is running for reelection to Town Council with a challenge from Phyllis Lackey.
Lackey said her interactions with citizens while working at the Exxon at 105 W. Stuart Drive is part of what is driving her to seek the seat.
“I have met a lot of very nice people and have heard their complaints, along with their likes of the town here,” Lackey said.
Lackey said she believes in order for Hillsville to grow, change is needed in its governing body.
“Hillsville is where I have chosen to retire at because of the area and the people who live here. I have been around for over 14 years and have seen a lot of changes in that time but I believe we need even more changes as far as growth for everyone, especially for our young, upcoming citizens,” she said. “I would like to see taxes and utilities kept at an affordable rate. I am like the rest of the citizens who work and try to keep their heads above water financially, which is very difficult in this time of government leadership.”
Terry has served for eight years on council and said Hillsville has done a lot in recent years that should make citizens proud.
“I would like to continue the positive direction the Town of Hillsville has headed in over the past years. We’ve worked on interaction with the county to reestablish good terms and do away with lawsuits and establish the new town boundaries and all the rules that go with that,” Terry said. “That’s the single biggest hurdle we’ve had to jump over and we thought we had it cleared numerous times. We can finally celebrate the fact that we do. It’s to the betterment of the county and town in the long run.”
Terry said he’s pleased that he got to play a role in getting the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department its new QUINT truck.
“Over the last year, we got rid of junk fire equipment and get an outstanding new piece of equipment,” Terry said. “I’m looking forward to that one coming on site. That was a lot of work and I appreciate the efforts of what the fire department does. It’s not just about rescuing people and putting out fires. There is a lot of clerical and budgetary work to keep that operation going. I learned a lot there and that experience is beneficial.”
Terry said one of his strengths is the ability to get an issue down to brass tacks and address it clearly. He said that is something that voters should consider.
“That part of my leadership, I’d like to continue that; to see what the issue is and be bold enough to do something about it,” he said.