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Bishop to run for Patrick Board of Supervisors
Will seek Dan River District spot
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Tom Bishop, who recently retired as executive director of the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce, has announced his intentions to run for the Patrick County Board of Supervisors representing the Dan River District, Bishop announced Monday.
“I’ve been thinking it through for some time,” said Bishop, who has never pursued public office before. “I’ve gotten a lot of encouragement from friends who encouraged me to run.”
Bishop, 70, who lives in the Dry Pond area of the Dan River District with his wife Connie, said support from neighbors in the district helped him decide to run. “That’s been a big thing,” he added.
Bishop worked for Union Carbide for 31 years in finance and accounting and served as a senior project manager. He also served as General Manager of Brintle Enterprises in Mt. Airy, N.C. managing a Travel Plaza business for five years.
He recently retired from the chamber of commerce after seven years of service. “I’ve been a promoter of Patrick County,” he said. “I hope to continue doing that.”
In a release announcing his candidacy Monday, Bishop said he wants to “provide a reasonable and common sense approach to managing an efficient Patrick County Government.” Among his goals are to promote growth of small business, provide additional jobs and expand the local tax base.
Also, he said he wants to further support the existing businesses in the county.
“I want to keep what we’ve got,” he said. “We have so many good things going here, and we want to get that image out.”
In addition, Bishop said he wants to promote the Dan River District and Patrick County so businesses considering locating there will have a positive image of the county.
Bishop said he will be a supporter of schools, churches, fire and rescue squads, and emergency services. Also, he said he will support the needs of senior citizens to “make sure their needs are being met,” he said.
Bishop promised to support paving gravel roads in the Dan River District “at every opportunity considering the limited funding available,” the release said.
Bishop said Monday that he is in the process of obtaining the 125 signatures necessary from members of his district to be eligible to run for the seat. As he does that, he said he intends to reach out to local civic organizations while he puts his campaign together.
“I am especially proud Patrick County as a great place to live and work, which provides an excellent quality of life,” he said.
The Dan River District seat currently is held by Roger Hayden.