Lee County Supervisor for District 4
Charles H. Slemp, Jr., member of the Lee County Board of Supervisors, has announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination and third term for the board representing the fourth district. Slemp was originally elected in 2011 and subsequently reelected in 2015.
Slemp is a Certified Public Accountant, a farmer and small business owner. He is a lifelong resident of Southwest Virginia and has been a community leader in Lee County for over 30 years. Throughout his professional career, Slemp has successfully managed an accounting practice, the local H&R Block franchise in Pennington Gap, and a family farm. He is married to Jean Slemp, a retired Lee County School special education teacher, and they have six children. In addition to raising a family and being active in various community service organizations, the Slemp's have served as foster parents to numerous teenagers in foster care for the past 40 years.
Public service has been a priority throughout Slemp's lifetime. He has served on the Heart of Appalachia Tourism Committee, the Lee County Tourism Committee, the LENOWISCO Planning District Service Board, Small Business Incubators serving the local area, the organization to maintain the Stickleyville School Community Center, and he has supported countless other organizations throughout his time as a local business leader in Lee County. Slemp has been a vital member of the Lee County Board of Supervisor's effort to reopen Lee County's Hospital. Slemp has worked with other leaders to sue drug companies and manufacturers of highly addictive drugs for their role in creating a substance abuse epidemic in our region. He has worked to recruit new businesses to Lee County and its fourth district. He has served as the Chairman of the Lee County Board of Supervisors and has been an important voice for fiscal responsibility and appropriate management of taxpayer money.
Slemp said, "It has been an honor to represent the people of the fourth district on the Board for the past eight years. In that time, I have worked diligently to ensure that Lee County moves in the right direction. While I am proud of the work we have accomplished, there is still more work to be done and I believe that the people of this county are best served by dedicated public servants who have experience in the management of small businesses, the auditing of financial records, and the recruitment of new businesses to this region."
Slemp offered a clear plan for his next term on the board. "If I am fortunate to be able to serve this community for the next four years, I plan to continue our efforts to have a fully functional hospital offering life-saving services for Lee County. We will continue to expand our workforce with recruitment of more businesses and the expansion of already existing companies such as England Furniture Company in Dryden. My efforts will continue to promote tourism for Lee County and to keep our county beautiful by advocating for clean water, trash removal, and trash pickup throughout the county," Slemp said.
Slemp is the father of current Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp. Chuck Slemp said, "My dad taught me the importance of public service from an early age. He has led by example. He has worked his entire lifetime to promote Southwest Virginia and make it better. I am so proud of what he has been able to accomplish on the Lee County Board for the past eight years and I am excited for him to continue his public service to the people of this region."
Delegate Terry Kilgore said, "Charlie has been a great voice for Lee County for many years. It has been an honor to work alongside him to promote tourism and economic development throughout Southwest Virginia. I hope his efforts can continue for another four years."