Mike Adams represents District 1, which comprises the area of Hamilton County west of U.S. Highway 129. He lives in Jennings and has served on the Suwanne Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) board since 2015.
Q: What do you like most about living in the Suwannee Valley?
I like that’s it’s rural and a nice place to raise a family. Most people are friendly.
Q: What line of work are you in?
I have a farm. We grow peanuts, corn, and carrots and have some cows. We’re pretty diversified so that if one crop misses, we can pick it up on the next one.
Q: What do you like to do outside of work?
My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family. Also, I’m an outdoorsman. I like to hunt and fish.
Q: What made you want to serve on the board?
I wanted to represent the people of western Hamilton County, and I thought it was something I would enjoy doing. I had been a county commissioner for 12 years, and I enjoyed serving the public and helping people.
Q: What are you passionate about as a trustee?
I think improving the power grid — so we don’t have outages — is something we should always be thinking about. That’s something SVEC has improved a lot in the last 15 or 20 years, but it’s something we need to stay passionate about and try to keep improving.
Q: What do you enjoy most about serving on the board?
I’d say helping the public and learning about the electric industry. As we grow, we all want to learn something new. I’m passionate about trying to figure things out, and this was a new challenge. I certainly don’t understand everything, but I’m always impressed by how well our employees know this system. That’s something we should all be proud of.
Q: What’s the most important impact SVEC has on its community?
The cooperative certainly does well providing efficient power, but besides that, I think SVEC does a good job of partnering with the community. It’s important for people to know we’re passionate about what we can do to help them. That’s something we can always do more of.
If you are a member in District 1 and would like to get in touch with Mike Adams, you can call him at home at (386) 938-2278.