By BRIANA BARKER
Two of Franklin County Board of Supervisors seats will see new faces while the other two will keep their incumbents.
Timothy Tatum, 53, was unopposed for the Blue Ridge District seat. This will be his second term.
Ronald Mitchell Jr. unseated incumbent Cline Brubaker for the Blackwater District spot. Mitchell received 1,377 votes to Brubaker’s 1,052 votes.
“I plan on making some pretty big waves in this county,” Mitchell said Wednesday. “First, I would like to thank Cline Brubaker for his service to Franklin County, and second, I want to thank the citizens who voted for me.”
While he isn’t ready to reveal his plans yet, Mitchell said he has been talking with department heads and would continue to do so to determine what the needs are.
Mitchell, 35, is a lifelong Franklin County resident and business owner. He said while running he made no secret of the fact that he wanted to put children first, and the ideas he has so far align with that goal. He added he hopes to make changes to the way the board communicates with the public such as taking a look at meeting days and times, as well as examining the possibility of hiring a public information officer.
Tommy Cundiff was reelected to the Union Hall District seat with 1,456 votes. John Hinkell received 1,096 votes. Cundiff, 68, has worked the past 20 years at Franklin Welding and Boone Tractor.
“I appreciate all the Union Hall residents having faith in me and supporting me for a nother four years,” he said.
Cundiff said his priorities in the next term are to make sure Glad Hill Fire and Rescue is finished and on-track. He said he also wants to improve the relationship between the BOS and the School Board.
“I really want the School Board and Board of Supervisors to have a better working relationship,” Cundiff said. “The (Career and Technical Education) CTE needs built. Our young folks need somewhere to go ... Let’s get something done.”
Lorie Smith took nearly 64 percent of the ballots cast with 1,911 votes to top Rick Smithers, who received 923 votes, for the Gills Creek District seat. Incumbent Bob Camicia opted not to seek reelection.
“It’s surreal for me today,” Smith said, the day after her election win. “I’m very excited to begin rolling my sleeves up.”
Smith, 57, has been a regular at board meetings and work sessions since January to get to know the inner workings of the county. She also met with each of the supervisors leading up to the election. “They have all been very gracious with me,” she said.
In the next few weeks before she officially begins her term in January, Smith said she plans to continue working with supervisors and will speak with Camicia about the eventual transition. “I’m interested in getting his feedback.”
Jason Dunovant of Laker Weekly contributed to this story.