RealWV hosts Commission Candidate Tammy Tincher during second night of Greenbrier County Primary Debates

By Matthew Young, RealWV

LEWISBURG, W.Va. –  The RealWV, on Thursday, hosted the second of two scheduled Greenbrier County Primary Debates at the Lewis Theatre. The evening featured partisan candidates for the office of County Commissioner, Sheriff, and West Virginia House of Delegates Districts 46 and 47. 

NOTE: This article contains coverage of the County Commissioner’s forum. Click here for RealWV’s coverage of the County Sheriff’s forum.

Beginning the evening was Greenbrier County Commissioner Tammy Shifflett Tincher, who is seeking re-election for a second term. As Tincher’s primary challenger canceled his scheduled appearance at the forum, she alone shared the stage with, and answered questions from, the event’s moderator, Lt. Col. (U.S. Army Retired) Scott Womack, Ed. D.

“The main and most important duty of the county commission is making sure the county is fiscally responsible,” Tincher said, in response to Womack’s first question. “I am very excited about continuing as County Commissioner for Greenbrier County, and representing the Western End of Greenbrier County and the Meadow River Valley.”

“One of my important desires for continuing in this role is to continue the great work that’s been accomplished over the last five-and-a-half-years,” Tincher continued. “To just continue pushing forward to make sure that the future of our county is in good standing, and we’re prospering.”

When asked by Womack how important she believes communication to be, and how she plans to do so with her constituents if re-elected, Tincher said, “It is one of the most important parts of being a commissioner – to be transparent, and to communicate on all different levels.”

Tincher noted that all county commission meetings are open for public attendance and viewing before sharing her belief that the need for that transparent communication extends beyond just residents of the county, but encompasses employees as well. 

“During my time [in office], we’ve been able to work among all the different entities that we have in Greenbrier County,” Tincher added.

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Womack then shifted the conversation to development, asking, “What is the county commission’s role in balancing the beautiful, rural aspect of this region, but also encouraging responsible development?”

“It’s a very hard balance,” Tincher replied. “We are very blessed here in Greenbrier County with our farmland. Greenbrier County is the largest county in the state [in terms of] farmland, and we’re the second largest county in the state in square mileage.”

“Balancing the beauty of our area with the tourism and outdoor recreation that we have, as well as trying to develop businesses, is a struggle,” Tincher continued. “We have a very active and strong Farmland Protection Board that is very engaged. […] We also have a very engaged Economic Development Corporation that covers Greenbrier, Monroe, and Pocahontas Counties.”

“We have to be able to focus on the positives that we have and promote them, while also being able to recognize what our limitations are,” Tincher added.

For his next question, Womack asked Tincher how, as a county commissioner, she prioritizes spending. 

“I feel like the county, over the last several years […] has worked very hard to be conservative in its spending,” Tincher said. “We have great departments within the Courthouse. Another duty of the commission is to make sure the different departments are funded properly to be able to carry out their duties.”

“We are very blessed to have responsible elected officials all the way around who do a great job at managing their budgets and spending wisely,” Tincher continued. “All groups – everybody needs money. But trying to make sure that we manage and support the required departments within the county that are in state code that we have to fund [is the top priority].”

To learn more about Commissioner Tammy Shifflett Tincher, read The RealWV’s candidate profile at the link below:

The Real WV’s Greenbrier County Primary Candidate Debates were made possible through the sponsorship of Sunset Berry Farm, the Robert C. Byrd Clinic, Grist Real Estate Associates, the Rainelle Medical Center, and Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home. The RealWV would also like to thank Susan Syner and Mary Baldwin of the newly renovated Lewis Theatre for hosting both nights of the debates.

Primary Election Day in West Virginia is Tuesday, May 14. Early voting runs May 1 through May 11, excluding Sundays. Due to the ongoing construction project, the Greenbrier County Courthouse will not host early voting. The Romano Law Offices on Court Street in Lewisburg, and the Rupert Community Center on Nicholas Street in Rupert will serve as the county’s two early voting locations. Early voting hours at both locations are from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday. 

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