Middleburg has challengers for mayor, commissioners
MIDDLEBURG — Challengers are present for the both the mayoral and commissioners’ races in Middleburg.
Dean Dickerson is challenging incumbent Ray Bullock for mayor. Dusty Herring is the challenger in the commissioners’ races with incumbents Annie Fudge, Ruth Nance and Gary Plummer.
Election Day is Tuesday. Efforts by The Dispatch to reach Bullock, Herring and Nance for this story were unsuccessful.
Fudge, a Middleburg native, said she is running for re-election because she believes local government can accomplish great things, even in a small town.
She has served as a commissioner for six years.
After living in New Jersey for nearly 50 years, Fudge returned home to Middleburg to retire, where generations of her family still reside.
Fudge graduated from the Henderson Institute, an all-black high school, in 1956 and went on to attend college in New Jersey.
During her career, she has worked as an administrative assistant at the American Heart Association and Merck Pharmaceutical in New Jersey and New York.
“I’m just doing what I can to serve the people,” she said.
Plummer said he would focus on economic development and unemployment if he were re-elected.
He is working to reopen the former Middleburg Steak House, which was a community staple for 35 years. The restaurant closed in January 2012. This past summer, a Warrenton restaurant owner announced plans to go into the location.
Plummer, who attended Vance-Granville Community College, is a job superintendent at J.L. Williams Construction Company, where he has worked for the past 25 years.
The Middleburg native said he wants to give back to his constituents.
“I’m trying to serve my community as best I can and I am trying to serve my God as best I can,” he said. “I think most people who know me, know that to be true.”
Dickerson said he is challenging Bullock for Middleburg mayor because he wants to be an advocate for the town.
Four years ago, Dickerson moved to Middleburg from Henderson because he was drawn to the small, quiet community.
He said he hopes to reduce the crime and drug activity that he sees take place in some public areas, like the Lee Street basketball court.
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