County commissioner race heats up

Two more file, Inman announces he will not seek re-election

By Nicholas Elmes -

Two more Republican candidates have filed to run in the March primaries for two county commissioners seats.

Allen Brown, a local business owner from King, said he is running to get more involved with the community and help improve the business climate in the county.

“I started out my business, Affordable Waterproofing and Foundation Repair, as a real small business, but I have doubled it and moved to a new location in the past five years,” said Brown. “I feel like I want to give back to the community what it has given to me.

“I grew up in the county and have lived here all my life,” he added. “I have had opportunities to move my business somewhere larger but have always chosen to stay in Stokes County.”

Brown said his business experience would allow him to offer a unique view as a commissioner.

“I would like to bring more business into the county and create more jobs in the county,” he said. “You could help existing businesses here to grow their businesses. I would like to see the county grow and prosper more.”

School Board Member Becky Boles also filed as a Republican to run for the Board of Commissioners this week. She could not be reached for a comment before press time.

The two open seats on the board are currently held by Republicans Jimmy Walker and Leon Inman.

Inman announced recently that he would not be seeking re-election to the board.

“I will complete 14 years on the board in December 2016,” he said. “It has been a great run but I have other things I would like to do. It is time to let somebody else have a shot.”

Schools Superintendent Ronnie Mendenhall and King resident Dennis Robinson have also filed to run in the Republican primary for the Board of Commissioners.

Rev. Gregory Hairston, of Walnut Cove, is the only Democrat to file to run for Board of Commissioners so far.

Filing for the March primary began on Dec. 1 and will end at noon on Monday, Dec. 21. Three local seats, the Register of Deeds and two county commissioners seats will be on the ballot.

“A county voter who wants to run for Board of County Commissioners, Register of Deeds, NC House 91st District, or NC Senate 30th District would file at the Board of Elections office in Danbury,” said Stokes County Board of Elections Director Jason Perry. “The 91st House District covers all of Stokes County and part of Rockingham. The 30th Senate District covers Stokes, Surry, and Wilkes. A person who wants to run for one of these two district seats would go to the elections office in the county where they live.”

Candidates file for other offices

— Incumbent Kathy Young, of Danbury, has filed to run for re-election as the Register of Deeds.

— Incumbent Rep. Kyle Hall has filed to run for re-election to the 91st District North Carolina House of Representatives.

— Incumbent Sen. Shirley Randleman has filed to run for re-election to the 30th District North Carolina Senate seat.

— District Court Judge Bill Southern filed for re-election.

— District Court Judge Angela Puckett filed for a Superior Court Judge (District 17B) seat.

— Congressman Mark Walker, a Republican of Greensboro, filed at the state office for re-election. Jim Roberts, of Pilot Mountain, and Bruce Davis, of High Point, both Democrats, also filed for the 6th Congressional District seat.

Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.

Two more file, Inman announces he will not seek re-election

By Nicholas Elmes

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