Short work session in Ronda ends with Luffman revealing running for commissioner


By Beanie Taylor - beanietaylor@elkintribune.com



RONDA — With several seats up for election, Wilda (Kay) Luffman revealed after the short work session Thursday night that she will be running as a write-in candidate for Ronda commissioner.

“[I want to see] more of the commissioners working together,” said Luffman, who also intends to initiate more beautification projects as well. “I really want to see the town cleaned up.

“I’ve never ran for political office before this so I don’t have experience really,” said Luffman, “but I want to help the town of Ronda grow and I feel like we’re becoming a little bit stagnant.”

Commissioner RheaJean Benge, whose seat will be up for re-election, has a similar vision.

”I would like to see Ronda prosper and grow,” said Benge, who is ready to wrap up previous issues and move on to the next problem. “I would like to see some of the issues that we’ve already had over the last four years I’ve been commissioner get resolved and head on to newer ones.”

Commissioner Gene Fowler hopes his plan to take care of the issues plaguing Ronda will help him get elected to the seat the commissioners appointed him to fill upon the resignation of Cody Soots.

“I would like to see a lot more people here at our meetings,” said Fowler, who wants the citizenry to be heard. “They’ve got ideas that need to be brought forth and be discussed. How can you run a place if you don’t know what the people think?”

Part of being heard involves knowing what is going on.

“People need to get more involved,” said Commissioner Helen Porter, who is also up for re-election. “They need to come to the meetings so they know what’s going on.”

Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.

By Beanie Taylor

beanietaylor@elkintribune.com

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