Scott Needham files for Pilot seat

By Tom Joyce -

DOBSON — The opening of the candidates’ filing period for municipal offices in Surry County and Mount Airy school board seats was greeted Friday afternoon by one person tossing his hat into the ring.

Scott Needham filed to run for one of two seats on the Pilot Mountain Board of Commissioners which are at stake in 2018.

His mother, Linda Needham, now serves on the town board and is up for re-election this year, but Scott Needham indicated Friday that she might not run again.

“I don’t think she is,” he said.

But Needham did discuss his own candidacy, which is focusing on tourism and economic growth in general.

Needham, 37, a resident of Depot Street, presently chairs the Pilot Mountain Tourism Development Authority.

“So I’m very interested in tourism and the quality of life in Pilot Mountain and doing as much as I can to bring about a better quality of life for the citizens,” he said.

Needam lists his occupation as a property manager, along with his mother, of an entity known as Needham Holdings. He is the former owner of The Living Room Coffeehouse and Winebar in Pilot Mountain.

The candidate has run for town commissioner twice before.

Along with Linda Needham, the seats of two other Pilot Mountain incumbents are involved in this year’s municipal election: Mayor Dwight Atkins and Commissioner Gary Bell.

In Dobson, the positions now held by longtime Mayor Ricky Draughn and town Commissioners Wayne Atkins and John Lawson are up for grabs, and in Elkin the list includes those of Commissioners Jeffrey Eidson, Cicely McCulloch and Terry Kennedy.

Three seats on the Mount Airy Board of Education also are part of the present filing process, which are now occupied by Tim Matthews, Ben Cooke and recent appointee Kyle Leonard.

The candidates’ filing period opened Friday at noon at the Surry County Board of Elections in Dobson and closes at noon on Aug. 3.

By Tom Joyce

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.