Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 11, 2013

Newly elected officials look to future

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

TAZEWELL, Va. — Newly elected officials in Tazewell County are hoping to bring new ideas to their respective boards.

H.S. Caudill, the county’s former sheriff and one of the new school board members said, “I am very pleased that the citizens have the confidence in me to serve.”

“The reason I ran is because I felt compassion for students and staff to help. I hope that the school board can get Tazewell County schools in the direction they used to be,” Caudill said. “I would really like to raise the morale of the staff.”

Chris Moir, another new member of the school board, said she ran because, “my friends really encouraged me and now that I am retired from teaching I have plenty of time to devote to the school board.”

“I have a lot to learn, but I will be attending a conference for new school board members, so I can get a better idea of what is going on,” Moir said. “Being a former teacher, I can see from a teacher’s perspective and teachers need a stronger voice. I want to be their voice so they can be heard.”

Garland Roberts won the Northern District seat on the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors.

“My number one concern is about the financial direction Tazewell is going,” Roberts said. “I would like to work with our educational system so students graduate and get good jobs here in Tazewell. Right now there are no jobs. I want to be able to bring jobs to the county so young people who want to stay can get married and have families in Tazewell.”

Mike Hymes, who won re-election to the Southern District on the board of supervisors, said, “I am gratified and humbled at the overwhelming support I received from the Southern District residents.”

“I will work to bring more good jobs to Tazewell County by calling on our state and federal officials to help us recruit new business and support expansion of existing local business. Increased business will allow us to expand the tax base so we can again reduce the residential tax rate,” Hymes said. “ I look forward to growing Tazewell County over the next 4 years and working to make government more responsive and accessible to all residents.”

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