Robert “Bob” Hughes is seeking a third four-year term on the South Boston Town Council. He is one of six candidates running for three open seats in the May 19 election.
“I am seeking re-election because I have fortunately played a role in helping South Boston be on the brink of significant growth,” Hughes said. “I would like the opportunity to follow through in representing our citizens and accomplishing the goals we have set moving forward.”
If re-elected, Hughes said he looks forward to taking part in the following projects in the town of South Boston: the fire department expansion, the downtown boat ramp, the walking trail extension, the boutique hotel, a potential brewery and continued support for minority businesses.
“I want to be a part of those things that make us proud of South Boston,” Hughes said. “After all, it’s a big part of who we are.”
Hughes is most proud of these accomplishments while serving on town council:
w Conversion of old Washington Coleman Elementary School to Washington-Coleman Community Center and Early Learning Center;
w Completion of the Washington Coleman Housing Project, resulting in 12 to 15 new and rehabbed houses;
w Restoration of both the New Brick and Imperial Lofts warehouses, resulting in 95 market rate apartments, 72 of which are currently being rented;
w Town financial support of Dixie Youth Baseball, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, The Prizery, Parks and Recreation and active support of the “SoBo Start-Up” program initiative, resulting in six new businesses being established in the downtown; and
w Council support of the relocation of Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation to downtown South Boston.
Although Hughes is not a South Boston native, the town is a special place to him because of the people who live here.
“People here, for the most part, will still look you in the eye and speak to you. People are also very helpful in reaching out to those in need,” Hughes said.
He added that tax rates and the cost of real estate are reasonable in South Boston, and the town’s proximity to larger cities, mountains and beaches also is a plus.
Hughes’ parents moved to South Boston from the coal-mining town of Pageton, West Virginia in 1960.
Hughes left to attend college and serve active duty in the military and returned to South Boston in 1967. He was employed by J.P. Stevens and relocated to North Carolina and South Carolina before finally returning to South Boston.
In addition to serving on the town council, Hughes has held the role of executive director of the Tri River Habitat for Humanity for the past 10 years. Hughes shared that the non-profit organization recently completed its 16th house for a deserving family.
Hughes also serves on a number of boards and committees. He is the current issues committee chairman on town council, serves on the planning commission, is a board member of Destination Downtown South Boston, Quality of Place and the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce, and is a past elder and occasional worship leader at First Presbyterian Church.
Hughes married his childhood sweetheart in 2004. He has four children, one of whom is deceased, and four grandchildren.
The town councilman urges everyone to get out and vote in the May 19 town council election.
“South Boston matters too much for you not to vote,” Hughes said. “I want to be the voice you choose for the growth and changes we need as we move forward together. I trust that I have earned the right for your vote to be with me.”