By Tom Joyce firstname.lastname@example.org
July 14, 2014
DOBSON — A second candidate filed Thursday afternoon for the Dobson Board of Commissioners.
Incumbent J. Wayne Atkins is seeking another four-year term on the town board. In filing, he joined a fellow commissioner on the path to possible re-election, John D. Lawson, who filed on Monday.
“I just want to stay involved — if the citizens of the town want me,” Atkins, 70, said of his desire to continue serving.
“We’ve got a lot of things going, with the park and upgrading the water plant and so forth,” he said regarding projects such as the development of a town recreation park.
The incumbent is a longtime presence in local government, which has included serving as town manager for 20 years.
“I feel like I’ve been here all my life,” Atkins said, which has been true except for the time he spent away at college and in military service. He added that he likes Dobson and wants to do his part to see it progress.
Atkins became a member of the Dobson Board of Commissioners in 2009, when he was appointed to fill out the term of another councilman who had resigned. He was elected to a full term later than year, when six candidates ran for two available seats on the board.
Only the town commissioner seats now held by Atkins and Lawson are up for grabs this year.
Mayor Ricky Draughn also is facing re-election and said recently he had not made a decision about running again.
This year’s municipal election slate in Surry County also includes three offices in Pilot Mountain.
So far incumbents Gary T. Bell and Linda Needham and challenger Meigs Needham have filed for two available commissioner seats there, while Dwight Atkins, another commissioner, has filed to run for mayor.
Earl Sheppard, Pilot Mountain’s present mayor, is not seeking re-election.
The filing period now under way also affects three seats on the Mount Airy Board of Education, but no candidates have tossed their hats into the ring since it opened on Monday.
Dobson and Pilot Mountain candidates have until noon on July 18 to file, with the deadline for city school board candidates Aug. 1 at noon.
Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-719-1924 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.