PINNACLE — Incumbent Glenn Pruitt has launched his bid for re-election as a Soil and Water Conservation supervisor for Surry County. Pruitt lives in the Shoals community of Pinnacle and is in the last year of his first three-year term in the office of supervisor. Pruitt lives in rural Shoals with his wife, Wendy and their daughter, Gracie, who is 10. Pruitt has cattle and grows tobacco as well as hay and grass.
Question: What interested you in running?
Answer: “I enjoy helping farmers like myself,” said Pruitt. “You want to preserve your farmland and conserve water. the folks over at Soil & Water are all good folks and they do a great job. It’s (Soil & Water Conservation) a great thing for the county. I like to give back to the community. The board also helps community members with stream restorations and secured funding from the state for farmers, which is also important.”
Question: What would you improve?
Answer: “We want to continue doing what we’re doing now. A lot of state money is out there available to put back into agricultural practices that allow us to continue to be good stewards of the land.”
Question: What are some important issues for you?
Answer: “God only gave us so much land and it’s important we need to stop stripping down the land’s fertility and keeping our water clean and our creeks clear of waste water. We have to take care of issues like this because we are all affected by water quality. You want to preserve your farm land and conserve water.”
Question: Why should you be elected to this office?
Answer: “My interest is to look after my little county. I want to look after doing things in the best interest of Surry County. I’m a farmer just like my father and his father and I know what it takes to produce crops and looking after your neighbors and taking care of one another. I want to be sure we don’t let erosion take the land’s future away. A typical person doesn’t know why soil and water are so important and there’s a lot to it. Rural farmers are helped by people in the city and people in the city are helped by rural farmers. I hate to see anything happen to agriculture. Things we took for granted growing up, kids don’t have now. “
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