Dobson commissioners to run unopposed


By Andy Winemiller - [email protected]



DOBSON — The municipal filing deadline came and went Friday, leaving three town commissioners to run unopposed in November.

Incumbent commissioners Vonda Comer, Todd Dockery and Robin Testerman will see no opposition in the race for three seats on the Dobson Board of Commissioners.

November will be the first time Comer, 81, appears on the ballot. She was appointed to fill the unexpired term of her husband, Bob Comer, after he resigned from the board in December citing health concerns.

“I want to stay around to be a part of all the good things happening,” said Vonda Comer, citing progress the town has made such as Dobson Square Park. “I love this little town, and I want to help it.”

Comer said she’s not surprised there will be no opposition in November.

“I think we have a great board. We all work together and get along. I think that’s so important.”

Dockery, 49, is the most-experienced incumbent up for re-election. He served one term on the town board in the early 1990s. In 2010, Dockery was appointed to fill the unexpired term of his late father, and in 2011, he won a bid to be retained in the seat.

Like Comer, Dockery said he believes the lack of opposition in November is a statement of the community’s satisfaction with the board.

“I think the community has confidence in what we’ve done as a board,” noted Dockery. “We’ve opened Dobson Square Park, started a recycling program, facilitated infrastructure improvements and taken a proactive approach in addressing the town’s capital needs.”

“We’ve done all this without increasing the tax rate and while keeping water and sewer rates among the lowest in the state.”

Testerman, 47, was first elected to the board in 2011, and she will ride her first bid for re-election to an uncontested victory. She is executive director at the Children’s Center of Surry Inc.

Testerman also said she hopes the lack of challengers is a reflection of the job she and fellow commissioners are doing.

“I hope it means people are at least OK with the job we are doing,” said Testerman, noting she would like to see the board continue to be proactive in matters such as infrastructure improvements.

“I’m excited and honored to have the opportunity to serve the residents of Dobson again,” remarked Testerman.

Though incumbents in Pilot Mountain and Elkin will see opposition in November for their seats on the respective town boards, Dobson commissioners may have company in the field of those running unopposed.

As of Friday afternoon, Mount Airy Board of Education members Kate Appler, Wendy Carriker, Mike Marion and Phil Thacker have no opposition in their bids to retain their seats in November. The filing deadline for the city school board is Aug. 5 at noon.

Elkin Board of Education members Richard Brinegar and Haley McCoin Sullivan may also run unopposed. As of Friday, no challengers had filed, and that filing period ends on Aug. 8 at noon.

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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