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The Bedford County Board of Supervisors chose Curry Martin to fill the vacant District 2 supervisor seat.
At a special meeting called for that purpose Monday night, the board chose Martin to fill the seat left open after Chuck Neudofer resigned in October. Martin will hold the seat for the remainder of Neudorfer’s unexpired term which ends on Dec. 31, 2013.
The supervisors interviewed four applicants for the position in an open meeting. They then discussed the applicants in closed session and reemerged into open session to hold their vote. The closed session discussion took two hours and supervisors said that the length of the discussion was due to the quality of applicants they had.
“All the applicants were strong candidates,” said District 4 Supervisor John Sharp. “They each had strengths, they each brought something to the table.”
Sharp said that the supervisors had a difficult time narrowing it down to two, let alone one.
“This has been a very, very tough decision,” said Board Chairman Steve Arrington, noting that the selection was close among the candidates.
“I’m thankful that the board saw fit to choose me, to have faith in me to represent District 2,” Martin said. “I hope to make decisions for District 2 and the whole county as well.”
Martin said that he will need to get input from citizens in order to get work done and will look for input from District 2 citizens and civic organizations such as the chamber of commerce, fire departments and the Lions Club.
Martin believes developing the budget for the next fiscal year is the biggest challenge the county faces. When asked how he handles criticism, Martin replied, “You are going to get it both ways.”
Martin is a lifelong resident of Bedford County and has been in business in the county for 40 years. He owns Glenwood Oil and Automotive and is active with the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, having served as a past chairman of the Chamber’s board of directors as well as a past president of the East Lake Business Association. He said that he plans to run for a full term next year.
The other candidates were John Singer, Bob Flynn and Greg Modzelewski.
Singer is a retired U. S. Geological Survey hydrologist and long-time active volunteer with the Moneta Rescue Squad. Flynn is a project manager for Fralin & Waldron and currently serves on the Bedford County Public Service Authority board of directors. Modzelewski retired from a career in the data processing and telecommunications industry. He currently serves on the county’s broadband committee.