Candidates offer reason for seeking office

First Posted: 10/25/2009

J. Wayne Atkins, 65, brings decades of work in local government to his campaign for Dobson commissioner. He served as the town manager for 20 years, as manager for the Dobson ABC store for 11 years, he taught high school business classes for two years, and served in the U.S. Army for two years.
He served on the Mount Airy Redevelopment Commission for two years and worked in the private sector in insurance and accounting for five years.
Atkins graduated from Dobson High School in 1961 and Appalachian State University in 1965. He also has taken various courses at Surry Community College and has a real estate brokers license.
He and his wife, Glenda, have two children, Emily and Neil and four grandchildren.

Here are Atkins responses to a series of questions posed to board of commissioner candidates in Dobson to allow voters to learn about their positions in preparation for the election on Nov. 3. There are two seats on the board available with six candidates.
Question: Why did you decide to run for office?
Answer: Im retired. Ive been here all my life. I like the town, I like the people. If I can help, I certainly will.
Question: What would be your top three priorities of you are elected to office?
Answer: Listen to the public, downtown beautification and economic development. Hopefully the economy is going to get better. We hope that some grants will come through for the downtown area. We will certainly take advantage of all the tourists coming to the area. Weve got vineyards all around us.
Question: Why do you think you deserve this office?
Answer: Ive got right much background in public service. I know a lot of the agencies that we deal with and Ive worked with them in the past. Ive got some experience that some of the others wouldnt have along with the budget process.
Question: What will you do to increase community involvement?
Answer: Thats a big issue. Weve already got right much involvement in recreation because most of our recreation involves volunteers. Hopefully we can advertise our meetings more in the media. Advertising what the topics will be.
Question: Are you for or against the proposed curfew for teens younger than age 18?
Answer: I think we (the board) need to talk about it.

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