PILOT MOUNTAIN — In a race for two open commissioners seats on the Pilot Mountain Town Board, two candidates filed to run on Wednesday.
Larry H. Wall, 65, of 500 S. Davis St., filed for office yesterday. He served on the town’s board from 1989 to 2005. He said he decided to run again because of the board’s recent announcement of a 2-cent property tax increase. The town’s board also increased water rates by 10 percent at its last meeting.
“I reckon it’s in my blood. I served the town for four terms,” said Wall. “I’m aggravated because the tax increased and the water bill went up. I will work hard to decrease spending.”
Wall has been an employee of Surry County Schools 35 years. He is a full-time bus driver for East Surry High School and Surry Community College’s Early College. He is a lifelong resident of Pilot Mountain.
Douglas B. Brannon, 55, of 301 W. Pine St., also filed for office on Wednesday. He is a native of Pilot Mountain. He said he moved away for many years, but moved back a number of years ago to help his elderly mother.
“I filed because I want to help the town out and make it a better place,” said Brannon.
He has volunteered for more than seven years in the community.
He said he doesn’t have a specific agenda.
“I just want to help all of the people,” said Brannon.
Both candidates said they do not plan to attend the next town meeting that will be held on Monday at 7:30 p.m., downstairs in town hall.
Commissioners Carolyn Boyles’ and Andrew French’s seats are up for grabs, however, neither had filed for re-election as of Wednesday, according to records at the Surry County Board of Election’s office.
So far, Scott Needham and his half brother Meigs Needham have filed for office.
The filing period closes Friday at noon.
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