Draughn, Earnest square off in race for Dobsons mayor post

First Posted: 10/24/2009

Ricky Draughn, 54, is the mayor and fire chief for the Town of Dobson. He was elected as mayor in 2001.
He received his associate of applied science from Surry Community College and his bachelors degree in business administration from Gardner Webb University. He is the president of Draughns Auto Parts in Dobson where he has worked for more than 40 years.
Draughn serves on the Surry County Economic Development Partnership Board of Directors and represents Dobson for Surry Lead and N.C. Step.
He is a member of Dobson United Methodist Church, serves the church as the chairman of its board of trustees and will assume the role as lay leader in 2010. Draughn is a lifelong resident of Dobson where he resides with his wife of 26 years, Teresa. They have two children and seven grandchildren.

Here are Draughns responses to a series of questions posed to both mayoral candidates in Dobson to allow voters to learn about their positions in preparation for the election on Nov. 3.

Question: Why did you decide to run for office?
Answer: Just because I still see a lot of needs in the town and a lot of ongoing projects that Ive helped be a part of and that Id like to see finished. Ive always been a concerned citizen and active and a participator.
Question: What would be your top three priorities if you are elected to office?
Answer: Naturally economic development is always a top priority. I think our road system is a top priority. Traffic is a big issue. Public safety, the police department specifically. I think our crime is getting to be a lot more. The youth crime and maybe gang we are getting a lot more things than we used to have and I just think we are going to have to bite the bullet and get more officers and do more, not getting behind it.
Question: Why do you think you deserve this office?
Answer: Ive always been a participant in the political system and Ive always been associated with town government by being in the fire department. I have given, over the last eight years, 100 percent. I may have missed maybe two board meetings in eight years. I attend whatever extra meetings that I have to. Sometimes there three or four or five a week. And I do that because I take the job seriously the responsibility that people put on me. I am willing to push myself to do that.
Question: What will you do to increase community involvement?
Answer: I really dont know the answer to that question. I dont have an answer so Im not going to tell you.
Question: Are you for or against the proposed curfew for teens 18 years old and younger?
Answer: Yes, I think so. Evidently the chief has conveyed to us that there is a problem. Weve had some problems in the past. I think it would be a good thing to solve some of those problems, cause if theyre not out there, they cant get in trouble. Younguns are going to get in trouble. If they get out there and they get with three of four more…

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