Commissioner Tammy Tincher discusses re-election campaign, and ‘telling Greenbrier County’s story’

By Matthew Young, RealWV

“I’m honored to have served these last five-and-a-half years as county commissioner representing Greenbrier County. Developing projects and doing the work to better the county has been as humbling as it has been rewarding. I want to be able to make sure those projects come to fruition, and continue to promote and tell Greenbrier County’s story.”

That’s what Greenbrier County Commissioner Tammy Shifflett Tincher told RealWV on Friday, regarding her decision to seek re-election. Tincher, who currently serves as President of the County Commission, board member of the National Association of Counties (NACo), their Membership Chair and Vice-chair of their Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, was first elected in 2018.

On Friday, as Tincher spoke with RealWV, she was preparing to announce Nicholas Dailey as the individual who would be appointed to succeed her colleague, Blaine Phillips, whose untimely passing on March 20 created a vacancy within the commission. 

“It’s so unfortunate to have lost such a wonderful representative of the county,” Tincher said.

“Blaine was someone who really cared, and someone who wanted the county to succeed,” Tincher added. “Commissioner (Lowell) Rose and I felt it important to be sure that the individual we selected would have been someone who Blaine would have wanted to fill his position. I think the choice we’ve made accomplishes that.”

In addition to her responsibilities as commission president, Tincher serves as a board member of the Meadow River Valley Association, the Greenbrier Valley Support Center, and the Greenbrier Valley Extension & 4-H Foundation. Tincher also serves as vice-president of the Greenbrier Valley Airport Authority, as a member of the Farm Bureau and Greenbrier County’s Farmland Protection Board, and as secretary and treasurer of the Rainelle United Methodist Church. 

In May 2023, Tincher worked with both NACo, and several local partners, to establish the Greenbrier County Arts in Recovery program, which provides those struggling with addiction a creative outlet to help channel their recovery efforts. And last September, Tincher was selected – once again through NACo – to provide testimony to the United States Congress during a meeting of the House Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Material. Tincher’s testimony regarding the federal Brownfields Program brought national attention to the work being done in Greenbrier County.

“I’ve been able to have opportunities through my work with NACo, such as being asked to speak and testify before Congress, to be able to tell our story, and to make people aware of what’s going on in West Virginia,” Tincher explained. 

When asked about her biggest contributions while serving on the commission, Tincher cites the recent securing of nearly $600,000 in federal funding for the removal of abandoned, dilapidated and hazardous structures within the county among her proudest accomplishments. 

“The project hasn’t been completed yet,” Tincher said. “But we’ve received approval and have that project underway to start actually removing these structures throughout the county. This is tremendously significant for me, personally. This is something I wanted to achieve as I entered office, these structures have dotted our county’s landscape for years and the 2016 flood worsened the problem.”

“The biggest challenge for the commission right now is that we have to keep moving forward with the projects that are ongoing – broadband, our water project with PSD#2, the Meadow River Rail Trail, our construction projects at the Courthouse and Health Department and major upgrades within our 911 Center,” Tincher continued. “Everything is underway, and we are pushing forward on what needs to be done to get to where we can complete these projects.”

“Unfortunately governmental-projects just take such a long time to go through,” Tincher added. “But right now the biggest thing is to complete everything that we have underway.”

To learn more about Tammy Shifflett Tincher’s campaign for re-election, visit her Facebook page at Tammy Greenbrier County Commission. Tincher will also be appearing at The RealWV’s candidate forum at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 11, at the Lewis Theatre in Lewisburg. 

Tincher is one of two candidates competing in the Republican Primary Election, on Tuesday, May 14. With no Independent or Democratic candidates having filed candidacy, the winner of the Republican Primary will be the presumptive winner in November’s General Election. 

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