District 5 Supervisor and local businessman Harrison Phillips has announced his bid for re-election to the Accomack County Board of Supervisors.
“It has been a great honor to serve my friends and neighbors of the 5th District over the past four years” said Phillips, “but there is still plenty more work that needs to be done.”
During his first term, Phillips has kept true to his campaign promise to fight against tax increases and to fight for the taxpayers. “I was opposed to the 3 cent tax hike in 2016, and was the only Supervisor to vote against it,” said Phillips. While not opposed to the reason for the tax increase (paid fire-medics in Painter), he would have preferred to make cuts elsewhere to fund the needed positions.
In 2017, when Riverside announced they were closing its nursing home in Parksley, Phillips and the rest of the Board of Supervisors sprung into action and were able to facilitate a sale to Smith/Packett who is renovating the property at an estimated cost of $3M. Phillips says “we were able to save over 100 jobs and keep long term care for our seniors here in Accomack County.”
“Public safety is the most important service that our local government provides and I fought hard to allow our paid fire-medics to be able to run volunteer calls on their time off”, which was against county policy until 2016. “Our local fire departments are struggling to attract new volunteers and I had several local Fire Chiefs come to me and tell me that this would help them out, so we made sure it happened” said Phillips.
“Another thing that I advocated for was paid daytime staff at Saxis, Greenbackville, and Melfa Fire Stations, which was greatly needed. We were finally able to staff those three stations last year, without a tax increase.”
Harris, as most of his family calls him, is a third generation businessman at Jaxon’s and Jaxon’s Hardware in Parksley, a business which his grandfather started over 60 years ago.
Harris was born and raised on the Eastern Shore, grew up in Parksley and is now residing in Modest Town with his wife Shannon and their chocolate lab Marleigh. He is a class of 2000 graduate of Arcadia High School and holds a Computer Electronics degree from ECPI University in Virginia Beach.
“I look forward to earning your vote on November 5th and will consider it a great privilege and honor to represent the people of the 5th District and Accomack County for four more years,” said Phillips.