Officials remain undecided about re-election


First Posted: 6/27/2009

Two Pilot Mountain commissioners and one Dobson commissioner have yet to decide whether theyll run for another term in the 2009 municipal elections in Surry County.
Carolyn Boyles and Andrew French, both Pilot Mountain commissioners, said they havent made a solid decision on whether or not theyll try to reclaim their seats on the Pilot Mountain Board of Commissioners.
I have been encouraged by others to re-file, but I dont know, I just dont know if I will, said Boyles, who has served for 18 years. Im enticed to continue, there are so many things going on, I feel compelled to.
She said there are many ongoing projects left that she would like to see through their fruition such as the construction of an ABC store off of Veterans Drive and the Pilot Center, a satellite training location for Surry Community College, funded in part by a grant through Golden LEAF.
We would love to see them completed, but there is always going to be something that needs to be completed. There comes a time when you have to step down and leave something unfinished, she said. I hate to walk away, but youve got to walk away sometime.
Commissioner French, who was appointed to his seat to fill a vacancy left on the board when Earl Sheppard, who was a commissioner, became mayor, said he would disclose his decision on seeking another term closer to the filing period, which opens July 6.
Ive not made a decision yet, he said, also noting that hes pleased with some of the ongoing projects the town has established through the Golden LEAF grant and a downtown revitalization plan.
Its been good to work with the town manager, the board and the town employees.
On July 6, I will define firmer plans, he said, noting that he will weigh his decisions based on his other obligations such as family and work.
The re-election outlook of Wayne Atkins, a Dobson commissioner, also remains up in the air.
As of right now, I am undecided whether or not I will run for the commissioners seat this election, he said. I will probably decide in the next couple of weeks.
Atkins came into office earlier this year when the Dobson Board of Commissioners appointed him to fill the seat of former Commissioner Stan Newman, who left in January to fulfill a position with the county as a local ordinance officer. Atkins was also the town manager for 20 years before he retired two years ago.
The seat of Dobson Commissioner Clarence Collins is also up for grabs this year. Collins could not be reached concerning his election plans.
Those wishing to vie for a municipal office must file their intentions at the Surry County Board of Elections, on the ground floor of the new county courthouse in Dobson.
Filing costs for the two commissioners seats in Pilot Mountain are $6, and it costs $5 for those offices in Dobson.
The candidates filing period begins at 8:15 a.m. on July 6 and will continue through noon on July 17.
Municipal elections will be held in November.
Contact Erin C. Perkins at [email protected] or 719-1952.

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