The mayoral race headlines the ballot, as Sulphur Springs Councilman Bill Tate is running against Billy Walls Sr. for the spot. Randall Gravley, who has been mayor since 2004, decided not to run for a third term.
In an earlier interview with The News, Tate, who owns Hillcrest Flowers and Bridal Shop with his wife, Mabel, said the town has changed for the better in the 10 years he has served as a Councilman, and he would like to see progress continue.
“The town is progressing. I’d like to see it keep going forward,” Tate said. “That’s one of the things I’m going to work on, just keeping things going forward. The town is in good shape.”
Should Tate win the mayoral race, a replacement Councilman for Sulphur Springs will be appointed by mayor and council.
Walls, who co-owns B&T Garage in Hillsville, said in an earlier interview he is looking to use the position as a way to lessen the tax burden felt in town because of projected rates determined by Carroll County’s property assessment.
“The biggest thing I’m running for this time is taxes,” Walls said. “Some of my friends around here, it went up as high as 300 percent. We need somebody who will go before the Carroll Board of Supervisors and see if we can’t do something about this. It can be done but you have to be in the right position before you can do it.”
Pine Creek Councilman Ed Terry, who is completing his first term in office, is running unopposed for reelection. Terry echoed some of Tate’s sentiments that Hillsville is progressing nicely, especially in the historic downtown area.
“I’m happy to be a part of the growth and expansion,” Terry said in an earlier interview. “The business district has had a nice change of face. The Downtown Celebrations have been ongoing and successful.”
In addition, the Pipers Gap Ward seat will likely be decided by a write-in vote. Hillsville Vice Mayor Orba Alderman originally declined to seek another term in the position, but after nobody filed the necessary paperwork to seek the seat, Alderman announced that he would run again as a write-in candidate.
Voters from all four Hillsville wards (Laurel Fork, Pine Creek, Pipers Gap and Sulphur Springs) can vote at Grover King VFW Post 1115 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
For complete results of the Hillsville General Election, check out The Carroll News’ new Web page at www.thecarrollnews.com.