Two file for Elkin board seats

By Wendy Byerly Wood -

DOBSON — Two Elkin residents had file their intention to run as candidates for the town board by the end of the first day of filing Friday.

The Elkin mayoral seat and two town commissioner posts are up for grabs this year in the November election.

Mayor Lestine Hutchens announced earlier this year she would not be seeking re-election, and already candidate Sam Bishop, 68, who announced he would be running, followed through with that bid by filing for candidacy on the first day of filing.

In addition to Bishop, Tommy Wheeler, 66, retired Elkin fire chief, filed for candidacy for one of the two at-large commissioner seats available this year. Those seats are now held by Dr. Skip Whitman and J.L. Lowe.

Filing for the municipal elections for Elkin, Dobson and Pilot Mountain is open until noon on July 15.

In other municipal races, Dobson incumbents Vonda Comer, 81, Todd Dockery, 49, and Robin Testerman, 47, filed their intent to run for re-election for three available commissioner seats Friday, as did Pilot Mountain incumbent Kimberly Quinn, who will run for one of town available commissioner seats. The second Pilot Mountain seat up for grabs is held by Cordie Armstrong.

The Elkin Board of Education also has two seats available on the November ballot, those now held by Dr. Richard Brinegar and Haley Sullivan. Both Brinegar, 52, and Sullivan, 28, have filed their intent to run for re-election.

The city district seat and the east district seat will be open for filing for candidates until noon Aug. 8.

The Mount Airy Board of Education also has filing open for four seats, one each in District A, District B, District C and District D. At this point, incumbent Kate Appler, 62, is the only person to file for candidacy, she represents District C. Filing for those posts is open until noon Aug. 5.

For more information on filing and the costs and rules associated with candidacy, visit the Surry County Board of Elections website at or call 336-401-8225.

Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.

By Wendy Byerly Wood

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