Terry proud of town service record
by Thomas Lester, News Writer
Four years after his first venture into local politics, Hillsville Town Councilman Ed Terry hopes his constituents believe hes doing a good job.
Terry, who is running unopposed in the Pine Creek District in the May 6 Hillsville General Election, said hes taking the fact that he doesnt have a registered opponent for the seat as a gesture by the districts voters that hes doing a good job.
Fortunately, Im running unopposed. I take that as voter confidence from the constituency, that no ones dissatisfied, Terry said. They havent let me know if they were dissatisfied and I would hope they would let me know if they had any dissatisfaction with what Im doing as their Council representative.
Terry said Randall Gravley, who was Pine Creek Councilman, asked him to give politics a try four years ago. Gravley was running for mayor and the district needed a candidate for the seat.
Terry said since earning the seat on Council, hes been proud of the way Hillsville has grown and developed its business district in the Historic Downtown.
Its been very rewarding, very enjoyable, Terry said. Im happy to be a part of the growth and expansion. The business district has had a nice change of face. The Downtown Celebrations have been ongoing and successful.
Terry said Council and town officials are looking at more ways still to improve the area around Main Street.
Weve investigated a lot of other improvements, which are probably cost-prohibitive at this time, he said, such as removing all the utility lines from Main Street and a few other things like that.
Terry, a graduate of Virginia Tech, works for Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance in Floyd. He and his wife, Lora, who is also in insurance, have three children, Cody, Candace and Hannah.
We have one high school graduate, one who is a high school junior and one that is a third grader, Terry said.
Terry said hes glad to have had a part in shaping Hillsvilles direction in the last four years.
There are a lot of things that Im proud to be a part of. I cant take a lot of personal credit for that but its nice to be part of the process, Terry said.
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