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MARTINSVILLE — Current Martinsville mayor, Kim Adkins, will not seek reelection for local office in order to make a bid for the Democratic nomination for the state Senate seat for the 20th District, which includes Galax and part of Carroll County.
If she earns the nomination, Adkins could face Republican incumbent Bill Stanley of Glade Hill in the November 2015 general election.
Adkins decided to announce her candidacy well in advance of both the Martinsville City Council election and the state Senate election because she felt a responsibility to share with her constituents why she would not run for mayor again.
Adkins also wanted to give potential voters across the 20th District an opportunity to get to know her and ask questions in the run-up to the state elections.
She has embarked on a listening tour in the district to visit and learn about the issues important to the residents here.
In addition to her two terms as mayor, Adkins served as chair of the Martinsville Planning Commission and currently serves with the West Piedmont Planning District Commission.
She started her own public relations, marketing communications and fundraising company, KEA Consulting Services, in 2013.
A former president of the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce and executive director of the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board, Adkins also previously worked as director of corporate communications and investor relations for Tultex Corporation and director of external affairs at Carlisle School.
Adkins had worked for the National Rifle Association in their education and training division.
If chosen as the Democratic candidate, Adkins says she will run on a platform concentrating on issues like job creation and retention, including increased lending and access to capital for small business; using the Virginia Enterprise Zone program to stimulate jobs; and strengthening the workforce through training programs for individuals to earn industry certifications in advanced manufacturing, high technology, energy and health care; and support for a variety of early childhood education and better compensation for high performing teachers.
“I’m running because I feel that — with my background in representing the business community, being a business owner myself, serving on the workforce investment board and as a local elected official — that I can bring common sense solutions to Richmond,” she told The Gazette.
“I’m lucky that my professional path has led me to this point. I do have a calling for public service,” she said. “I want to make a difference and this seems like a good fit.”
• For more information on Adkins’ candidacy, visit www.adkinsforsenate.com/.