PILOT MOUNTAIN — Franklin Nichols, 50, has jumped into the already crowded race for the Town of Pilot Mountain Board of Commissioners, becoming the fourth candidate to file.
“We need to be lean and mean and rebuilt,” Nichols said of how he thinks the town should operate.
Nichols lives on Nelson Street and has lived in Pilot Mountain for the past 13 years. He moved to the area from Duanesburg, New York.
Nichols holds a master’s degree in counseling and assists his wife in the operation of her business, Serenity Counseling and Consulting Services.
“I don’t want to see any more tax increases in Pilot Mountain,” Nichols said of his decision to run for the board of commissioners. “We need to look to the future to make it a small town with character.”
Other candidates running for the board of commissioners in order of filing include Kimberly Quinn, 40, Evan Cockerham, 30, Mary Nunn Meijboom, 67.
Quinn is the incumbent in the race having been elected to the board in 2014.
This is both Cockerham and Meijboom’s first attempt at running for public office. Cockerham is employed at his family’s Mount Airy business, P.C. Medic Computers. Meijboom is the owner of Nunn Memorial in Pilot Mountain.
There are two seats up for grabs in the upcoming election, with the winners serving two year terms. As previously noted, the seats are at-large meaning that whichever two candidates receive the majority of the votes will assume office in January.
Cordie Armstrong, who currently sits on the board of commissioners, did not file for reelection.
Other elections throughout Surry County include Richard Brinegar and Haley McCoin Sullivan running for the Elkin Board of Education. Phillip Thacker, Michael Marion, Kate Appler and Wendy Carriker are running for the Mount Airy Board of Education. Vonda Comer, Todd Dockery and Robin Testerman are running for the town of Dobson Board of Commissioners. Sam Bishop is running for the mayor of the Town of Elkin. Tommy Wheeler and John Wiles are running for the town of Elkin Board of Commissioners.