Several unopposed local offices on ballot

Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Five local office holders will be unopposed in their positions on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Pike County Commissioners Homer Wright and Robin Sullivan, Pike County School Board Members Earnest Green and William Greg Price and Revenue Commissioner Curtis Blair will all resume their positions without competition in this election.

Wright, who is the District 1 Democrat commissioner, overcame his opponent Willie Thomas in the county’s primary elections.

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“One reason (I want to serve on the commission) is to continue this project on the lodging tax and begin another project I’m working on,” Wright said. “Also, before my term is up this time, I want to make sure the Salem Road project is completed.”

Wright has almost completed his first term as county commissioner, and he said he wants to continue serving his county.

“I want to continue to support the people of my district and county to the best of my ability,” Wright said.

District 2 Commissioner Robin Sullivan, who is a Republican, has faced even the primary race with no competition.

“We actually, just looking over the last four years, have made some big strides in helping the community be a better place,” said Sullivan, who has also served for one term at the commission table.

In his next term, Sullivan said the road department’s funding shortages will be a priority for the next commission.

“We have to find ways to bring in more revenue for the road department. We’ve found more ways to generate revenue for the general fund, but we need to find a way to do more road repair and bridge repair,” Sullivan said.

The Pike County School Board District 1 and 2 representatives will also take the next term in office without a hitch.

District 1’s Green has served 12 years as a school board member, and he said it’s all for the children.

“I want to see our children develop their life and grow into young men and women, and I’ve put a lot of emphasis on trying to do that,” Green said.

Green said in his next school board term there are several projects underway he would like to see through to completion.

Goshen High’s Ag Academy, Pike County High’s Business Academy and the development of a new basketball gym for GHS are some of the projects Green said the board is working to develop.

Aside from school board member, Green is also a minister at a local church, an employee for Harrison Funeral Home and a part-time chaplain for Lighthouse Hospice.

Price, who is the District 2 board member, could not be reached for comment immediately. He is the Information Technology director at Troy University.

In the courthouse, Revenue Commissioner Blair will add at least another six years to the 29 he has already served.

Blair first started working as tax collector for Pike County in 1979, and then the position later was changed to revenue commissioner, a role that oversees land deed taxes.

“It’s just been a pleasure for me to serve the people of Pike County,” Blair said. “I’ve been working with the public a long time, and I enjoy my job and the people of Pike County.”

In his next term, Blair said he hopes to have credit card payment options at the revenue commission office, complete their GIS system and install new camera system software.