Incumbents file in Dobson

By Andy Winemiller -

DOBSON —Three town seats are up for grabs, and three incumbents have filed to retain their seats on the Dobson Board of Commissioners.

Town Commissioners Vonda Comer, 81, Todd C. Dockery, 49, and Robin Testerman, 47, filed to retain their seats on Friday, the first day of the filing period for various municipal elections which will take place in November.

Comer was appointed to fill the unexpired term of her husband, Bob Comer, in January after he stepped down for health reasons. Bob Comer had also been appointed to the board, when long-time Commissioner Lana Brendle died in office. The November election will be Vonda Comer’s first run for public office.

Dockery is serving in his second stint on the town board. He served on the board from 1991 through 1994. In 2010, after serving on the town’s ABC board, he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of his late father. Since then, Todd Dockery has won one bid for retainment.

Testerman, who serves as the executive director of the Children’s Center of Surry Inc., will enter her second term on the town board if re-elected in November.

After the first day of the filing period, Comer, Dockery and Testerman are set to run unopposed. However, any challengers have until July 15 at noon to file.

The Elkin Mayor’s seat and two commissioner seats are also up for grabs in November. Sam Bishop, 68, has filed for the mayor’s seat and Tommy Wheeler, 66, has filed for one of the two commissioner seats.

In Pilot Mountain two seats on the Pilot Mountain Board of Commissioners are up for grabs. Incumbent Kimberly Quinn, 40, was the only person to file on the first day of the filing period.

The Elkin and Pilot Mountain filing periods also end on July 15.

The terms for four seats on the Mount Airy Board of Education will also soon expire. Incumbent Kate Appler, 62, was the only resident to file on Friday. Those interested in running in Districts A, B, C or D have until Aug. 5 at noon to file at the Surry County Board of Elections.

In Elkin, two incumbents, Richard Brinegar, 52, and Haley McCoin Sullivan, 28, have filed for re-election to their seats on the Elkin Board of Education. Challengers must file by Aug. 8 at noon.

Additionally, incumbent Glenn Stuart Pruitt, 48, of Pinnacle, has filed for a countywide Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor seat.

By Andy Winemiller

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

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