Middleburg incumbents win

Nov. 05, 2013 @ 09:59 PM

The incumbents in the Middleburg election held their seats Tuesday night.

Ray Bullock defeated challenger Dean Dickerson in the mayor’s race, collecting 37 of 38 votes cast. Bullock won a fifth term, and Dickerson said the result won’t dissuade him from running again.

Incumbent council members Annie Fudge, Ruth Nance and Gary Plummer were also re-elected for another term.

“I will do whatever I can to make people proud to be apart of this community,” he said.

Bullock is a Middleburg native and served on the town council since 1988 until he became mayor in 2005.

He has owned a piping and welding company for the past 30 years.

“I’ve got a long tenure in this community,” he said.

“I’ll be back again next time,” Dickerson said. “And I’ll get him next time. I tried, that’s all I can say. He won’t discourage me.”

Bullock said his main focus is getting people in Middleburg back to work.

One of his major goals is reopening the former Middleburg Steak House building under new management.

“We’ve had some problems with the septic system, but the county has offered to help make this a reality,” he said. “I am thrilled to death about that.”

Bullock said a new restaurant could bring as many as 35 jobs to the area.

In the commissioners’ race, Fudge earned 33 votes, Nance 27 and Plummer 33. Challenger Dusty Herring received 10 votes.

There are 93 total registered voters in Middleburg and 38 voters cast a ballot.

Like Bullock, the incumbent council members are focused on promoting economic development in their community.

Plummer said the council members and mayor will continue working together to revive the restaurant building. He also hopes to reduce the crime rate with lighting along the streets and more frequent patrols.

While the voter turnout was only 40 percent, Plummer said this was an improvement from past years.

“The public knows we are trying with little resources we have and they feel we are genuine to the job,” Plummer said.

Efforts to contact Fudge and Nance were unsuccessful.

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.