By Amanda Moss
Republican Donnie Richardson has joined the race for a seat on the Richmond County Board of Commissioners.
The seat is a four-year term and the salary is $9,528 a year.
Richardson, 66, is a Richmond County native. He was a candidate in the 2012 race for county commissioner, but came in fourth out of five candidates. Richardson received 7,148 votes.
Richardson said his reasons for joining the race again is to once again try and provide a voice for the under-voiced towns in the county. Richardson, of Ellerbe, said that there is not any representation currently on the board from the northern part of the county. He is also a big proponent of bringing more industry and business into the county. Richardson said he would like to see more involvement directly from commissioners to perspective industries coming into the county.
“I’m concerned about the overall well-being of the county,” Richardson said. “We’re on the bottom of everything, and I would really like to see this county grow to its potential. When you have the same administration over and over that makes it difficult. We need new ideas to push the county forward.”
Richardson will be going up against incumbent Democrat Don Bryant, Republican incumbent Ben Moss, former commissioner Democrat Peggy Covington, who served on the board from 2008 to 2012, and Democrat Herbert Long.
The filing deadline for candidates is noon on Feb. 28.