Kermit Draughn not done with politics

First Posted: 6/27/2009

DOBSON Hes 80 years old and served on the Dobson town council for two decades, in addition to two terms on the Surry County Board of Commissioners.
And despite losing his commissioner seat in the 2007 town election after 20 years, Kermit Draughn is not through with politics. Draughn announced Friday that he intends to try to regain that position in the 2009 Surry County municipal elections.
I will be filing Im going to throw my name in the hat, Draughn said in anticipation of the candidates filing period opening on July 6 at the county Board of Elections office. Im going to file the first day, added Draughn, who plans to be first in line when the period begins at 8:15 a.m.
I have a lot of things to offer, said the candidate wholl be vying for one of two commissioner seats up for grabs in this years election. They now are held by Wayne Atkins, a former town manager recently appointed to fill the unexpired term of a board member who resigned, and veteran Commissioner Clarence Collins.
In addition to his service on the board, Draughn has been associated with the Dobson Volunteer Fire Department for 69 years and has worked on behalf of the town cemetery, among other activities. Ive helped make Dobson, he said.
The longtime Dobson resident is half-owner of a business in town, Draughns Auto Parts.
In the 2007 election, Draughn finished fourth among five candidates vying for three available seats on the Dobson Board of Commissioners. Only 12 votes separated the three winners, with Lana Brendle receiving 211, Gerri Martn 202 and Clinton Dockery 199. Draughn garnered 140 votes.
Draughn believes his defeat nearly two years ago was a result of shenanigans among political opponents who banded together to get him off the board. They sure did, they ganged up, he said Friday. A bunch of greedy people wanted their people on (the council).
He did not identify those he considers responsible, but vowed if elected to use his experience for the betterment of Dobson and challenges it will face in the near future.
In addition to water projects the town is now involved in, Draughn said another key issue could be moving to a system of paid firefighters. Volunteers are gone in the county, he said in reference to a growing problem of less manpower available to fight blazes.
Theres several good projects here, Draughn added, and Ive always worked hard for this town.
Draughns son Ricky, the mayor of Dobson, also has said he will file for re-election this year.
The elder Draughn added Friday that he is proud of his attendance record as a Dobson councilman, something he says other board members there cant claim. Ive never missed a meeting, he said.
Im 80 years old and in pretty good health.
Contact Tom Joyce at [email protected] or at 719-1924.

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