Democrat chair files in Elkin


By Andy Winemiller - [email protected]



DOBSON — A prominent political figure has filed in the race for two seats on the Elkin Board of Commissioners.

John Worth Wiles joined Tommy Wheeler in the race for two seats up for grabs on the town board in November. He filed for the office on Tuesday.

Wiles, 36, works as a computer programmer specializing in medical software and is no newcomer to politics. He has served as the Chairman of the Surry County Democratic Party since 2015.

Sam Bishop has also filed for the town’s mayoral post. The filing deadline for the municipal elections is Friday at noon, and all three candidates will run unopposed as of Tuesday afternoon.

All three incumbent commissioners in Dobson — Vonda Comer, Todd Dockery and Robin Testerman — have filed to run for re-election to their seats on the Dobson Board of Commissioners. As of Tuesday, no challengers had filed.

In Pilot Mountain two seats on the Pilot Mountain Board of Commissioners are up for grabs in November. Incumbent Commissioner Kimberly Quinn has filed for re-election and political rookie Evan Cockerham have filed. However, as of Tuesday, Commissioner Cordie Armstrong had yet to file for re-election.

The filing period for the municipal seats in Pilot Mountain and Dobson also ends Friday at noon.

All incumbents have filed in school board races in Elkin and Mount Airy.

Mount Airy Board of Education members Kate Appler, Wendy Carriker, Mike Marion and Phil Thacker will run unopposed if no challengers file by the Aug. 5 deadline.

Incumbents Richard Brinegar and Haley McCoin Sullivan will keep there seats on the Elkin Board of Education by default if nobody else files by the Aug. 8 deadline for the two seats.

By Andy Winemiller

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Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

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