Republican Hobart “Bo” Frye filed for candidacy on Tuesday for the position of Sheriff in Richmond County against incumbent Sheriff James Clemmons Jr., a Democrat.
It is a four-year term seat and the base salary is $77,597.
Frye, 66, is a native of Richmond County and was raised in Hamlet. He is retired from the Charlotte Police Department and has 44 years of experience in law enforcement.
“I want to make a difference in Richmond County,” Frye said. “I know a different way of policing. I’ve worked with every federal agent over the years and have an extensive educational background in law enforcement. I hope to bring more modern supervision and management practices. The law is for all of us, and it should be applied to equally to everyone.”
In other filings at the county Board of Elections office, Democrat Herb Long filed 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.
Long, 63, was born and raised in Hamlet. He retired from Ellerbe Telephone in 2012 after 37 years of service with the last 23 years servicing as vice president/general manager. He is seeking the position on the board with the platform of focusing on the economy, education and efficiency for the county. He wants to help the county to move forward.
“I have created and worked with budgets, made the difficult and the pleasant decisions it takes to run a business,” Long said in a news release to The Daily Journal. “I have gained invaluable experience working with the pubic and business sectors of Richmond County, the North Carolina Utilities Commission, as well as the legislative branches in Washington D.C.”
On Monday, Republican Joe Richardson, 74, of Rockingham, is seeking reelection to the Richmond County Board of Education. The seat is a four-year term and the salary pays $225 per month.
Richardson brings 35 years experience in education to the race. He has been a teacher, assistant principal and principal for Richmond County Schools, and he believes his background will continue to help him serve the residents of the county. He is a strong advocate for teachers, who he considers to be overworked and underpaid. He is also against the amount of testing that students are currently required to do and believes that the state legislature should provide more funding to the schools.
“In my experience on the board I have been helpful with preparing budgets,” Richardson said. “I have also been a strong advocate for our teachers here. We need to get out of the classroom and leave the classroom teachers alone. The state is robbing them of their creativity and initiative and literally driving them out of the classrooms. I will continue to be an advocate for the teacher and for more financing from the state for schools in our county and our state.”
Democrat Don Greene, 56, also filed on Monday for candidacy for the Richmond County Board of Education.
Greene grew up in Hamlet and has had 30 years teaching experience in North Carolina. He has served on many different education committees within the school system itself, served as a teacher mentor and also was certified to train teachers to be mentors.
“I’m interested in continuing on in education,” Greene said. “Even though I’m retired, I still want to do whatever I can to help ensure the children in Richmond County get the best education possible. Once an educator always an educator.”
Democrat Antonio Blue, a Hamlet native, also filed for candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives for North Carolina District 8. The seat is a two-year term seat, and the annual salary is $174,000.
District 8 includes Anson, Montgomery, Richmond, Scotland, and Stanly counties, as well as portions of Cabarrus, Davidson, Mecklenburg, Randolph, Robeson, Rowan, and Union counties.
The filing deadline for candidates is noon on Feb. 28.