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Martinsville mayor brings campaign for 2015 State Senate election to town / August 28, 2014

Getting an early jump on the 2015 elections, Martinsville mayor, Kim Adkins, made a swing through South Boston Wednesday in her race against State Sen. Bill Stanley.

Atkins, the presumptive Democratic nominee in the 20th Senate District, announced earlier this summer that she would challenge Stanley, a Franklin County Republican. The race is expected to be one of the highest-profile battles for control of the State Senate, now held by the GOP by a one-seat margin.

The western half of Halifax County is included in the district, which extends west to Galax.

Noting that her stopover yesterday is part of a listening tour of the district, Adkins said she was hearing a consistent message from voters: they want someone who will push for greater educational opportunities, economic development and job creation.

Adkins is completing her second term as mayor of the City of Martinsville. She was first elected to City Council in 2010 and subsequently named mayor by fellow council members. It was the first time in 60 years that the post went to a first term council member who had just been sworn in.

She was re-elected mayor on Jan. 2, 2013 and will serve until her term is up at the end of December 2015.

Prior to her service as mayor, Adkins was the executive director of the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce for nine years. She also worked for five years as executive director of the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board.

Earlier, she worked as Director of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations for Tultex Corporation and director of External Affairs at Carlisle School where she was responsible for the school’s admissions, public relations, development and financial aid.

In 2013 she started her own public relations, marketing communications and fundraising company, KEA Consulting Services, LLC.

In her capacity as mayor of Martinsville, Adkins said, she has learned a great deal about access to governmental services.

Public safety has been one of her focal points; she worked for some five years to get legislation passed to strengthen protective orders.

That came about after her husband’s office manager, Linda Bostwick, was murdered by her estranged husband despite a protective order she had taken out against him. A law passed in 2011 allows judges to require individuals who have violated a protective order to wear a GPS tracking device. The person with the protective order is notified via an electronic device that the offender is nearby, providing ample warning.

Adkins also said she was troubled by the legislature’s refusal to expand Medicaid, which is funded almost entirely by the federal government. She said she fully supports the expansion and has talked with numerous hospital administrators and doctors, all of whom want to see Virginia accept the Marketplace Virginia as a minimum compromise on the issue.

“[The refussal to expand Medicaid] affects at least 2,000 hard working, underemployed citizens of Halifax County and some 16,000 in this district,” she said.

Stanley has opposed Medicaid expansion, saying the federal government cannot be trusted to live up to its promises to fund the program. Roughly half of the states have adopted the program expansion, leading to steep declines in the number of uninsured citizens.

Adkins says Halifax County voters can expect to see a lot of her in the coming months. “I’ll be out knocking on doors and attending a lot of events,” she said.

Married to Martinsville High School basketball coach Jeff Adkins for the past 26 years, the couple has two children, Jack, who recently graduated from Elon College and Claire, who is a sophomore at James Madison University.

Her parents owned and operated an auto body shop in Maryland where she worked on weekends starting as early as she can remember. She is the first in her family to graduate from college.

Adkins earned her Bachelor of Science degree in journalism with a minor in marketing from the University of Maryland and then received a certified publication specialist credential from George Washington University.

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Vote for Stanley! Just look at the mess Martinsville is in and she wants to go to Richmond?


She represents smart leadership in the Virginia City that is the poster child for unemployment. She's fighting to get Martinsville to a better place. Stanley votes against healthcare that has already been paid for with our dollars. How smart is that? Lives are at stake and he votes to deny basic healthcare to those that are most in need. What kind of Senator can't see the need of those he's serving. Our rural hospitals depend on those tax dollars to stay in business. Small rural communities can't afford to keep paying out for free care. This BS about how the federal government can't be trusted is hogwash and they know it. Social Security, Medicare were also fought against and the federal government has yet to default. Get a real senator in there to help get Southside Viriginia out of this rut.


She represents more government waste! Virginia should not accept this "healthcare" money! Mike don't you work for the hospital? So you have a vested interest in getting more money from the government. WE need to cut spending have you looked at the national debt over 17 trillion. Have you looked at the GDP, only 16 trillion. How is that a good thing. I would love to see SS, Medicare etc all done away with. Communities should not pay for health care period. You don't have the money, you don't get it. Stanley is for hardworking people that are trying. I am sick an tired of paying for someone else's health care, but then I have to pay high insurance rates, then pay all the deductibles. Why can't I get a break? Hospital told me that they could not give me a break because I have health insurance. That is the BS!

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