Third candidate files for county seat

By Keith Strange

February 28, 2014

DOBSON — There is now a three-way race in the May primary for the Mount Airy seat on the Surry County Board of Commissioners.

Just one day before the close of the filing period, Mount Airy businessman Ken Klamfoth has announced he intends to challenge incumbent Larry Phillips for the seat.

In challenging Phillips, Klamfoth joins veterans advocate Rawley King in vying for the seat.

Klamfoth, 58, is the self-employed owner of AdvantaClean of the Triad, a business that works in emergency water cleanup and mold remediation.

He said Thursday that he is running because he feels the call of public service.

“I decided to run because I feel it’s my duty to help the citizens of Surry County as an elected representative,” he said.

Like King and Phillips, Klamfoth says there are things that need attention in the county.

“I think Surry County certainly has some very positive things going on as well as some very negative,” he said. “I feel we need to focus on jobs and recruiting industry to the county. We need to focus on the education of both children and adults in order for them to be prepared to take the jobs of the future.”

If elected, Klamforth said he will focus his attention on the county.

“As a commissioner, we need to work within our district instead of working in Washington,” he said pointedly, a reference to the incumbent’s duties as the chair of the Economic Development Task Force of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners. “In order to properly represent our citizens, we need to focus on the people in Surry County.”

Previously, Klamfoth most recently ran as a candidate for Mount Airy Commissioner Scott Graham’s seat, who died in January before his term was completed.

Keith Strange can be reached at 336-719-1929 or via Twitter @strangereporter.