Jon Cawley has followed through on an earlier disclosure regarding his campaign plans, officially tossing his hat into the ring to retain the seat on the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners he’s held since 2008.
“I’d like to serve another term, if the people will let me,” Cawley said Saturday.
He filed for re-election for another four-year term Friday with the Surry County Board of Elections in Dobson, where the candidates’ filing period ends next Friday at noon for the 2017 municipal election in Mount Airy.
The seat of Cawley, one of two North Ward commissioners on the city council, is affected by the election along with that of Mayor David Rowe and Steve Yokeley, a South Ward commissioner.
Neither of the latter individuals has filed or announced whether he will or will not seek a new term. Rowe defeated Yokeley in the 2015 mayor’s race, to fill the remaining term of Deborah Cochran after she resigned that year, when Yokeley’s commissioner seat was not at stake.
Todd Harris, a former South Ward commissioner, filed on July 7 — the first day of the filing period — to run for the post now held by Yokeley. After serving three four-year terms on the board, Harris lost a re-election bid in 2011 to Shirley Brinkley, the city’s other South Ward commissioner.
Cawley, meanwhile, had said in late June he would be running again for the North Ward seat to which he was appointed in 2008 to replace Tom Bagnal, and ran unopposed for in the 2009 and 2013 municipal elections.
On Saturday, he reiterated previously cited concerns about wanting to see the city’s redevelopment of the former Spencer’s industrial property reach fruition, keeping property taxes stable and selling more of Mount Airy’s surplus water supply.
Cawley also expressed Saturday a need to keep municipal spending under control so the city can be prepared for any unexpected financial demands.
“We’ll have things come up that we don’t expect,” he explained.
Cawley, 55, is a Country Club Road resident who in addition to his work with city government serves as interim pastor of Mount Airy Friends Church. He also is head baseball coach at Mount Airy High School.
Prospective candidates for municipal office can file in person by the Friday deadline at the Surry County Board of Elections office, located at 201 E. Kapp St. in Dobson. Or they may contact the office for the required paperwork to fill out and mail in to elections officials.
Those vying for the two commissioner seats must reside in either the South or North Ward as applicable, while those filing for mayor can live anywhere in the city limits.
The filing fee for all three seats is $10.
Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.