seeks commissioner seat
R.F. "Buck" Golding
R.F. "Buck" Golding
LOWGAP - R.F. "Buck" Golding was the last candidate to file for Surry County commissioner, a decision he
does not take lightly.
, a Republican, said he
strongly believes in the two party system.
So when the Surry County Republican Party
couldn't find a candidate to run for the central district county commissioner seat, Golding
decided to step up to the plate.
said the party's executive board suggested that he
"And with good reason," he said, "because I have experience and have been a county commissioner before."
Golding, 72, was originally reluctant to run for office this year because of the many hats that he wears, but he said that serving as commissioner would be his priority if elected.
isn't new to county politics.
He served as a county commissioner from 1994 to 1998 and is the chair of the county's Republican party.
"I have a lot of interest in politics," he
knows it will be a tough race, but he
has a shot at winning.
"I didn't sign up to lose," he
has been active in politics for many years.
experience would be a valuable asset to the county.
He has served as a county commissioner for one term, representative of Region I Council of Government and representative on the Surry County Housing Consortium.
He has served as the chairman of the Surry County Republican Party for several years.
As a county commissioner, Golding said he helped obtain more than $1 million in funds for the county.
These funds went to the Surry County Children's Home, Surry County Battered Women's Shelter and Greenbrier Apartments in Dobson.
In 1998, Golding
was defeated in his
race for re-election.
was also marginally defeated when he
ran for a North Carolina House of Representatives seat in 2002.
"For a Republican in Surry County, it is always a tough race," said Golding
The candidate does not have anything bad to say about the commissioners now on the board.
said, "I think this board has worked through the crisis they've got monetarily pretty well."
Golding wants to help the county by making the budget even tighter.
wants citizens' money "placed in the right place for the best bang of their buck," no wasteful spending.
"I'm for the taxpayer," Golding
"I'm a guardian of their funds."
also said he
wants the county to continue working on its education programs and working to create jobs.
said that he
can't create jobs.
But as a commissioner, he
said, "I can create an atmosphere in Surry County that will be conducive for people looking to come."
Golding lives in Lowgap with his
wife of 52 years, Shirley.
They have two children, daughter, Ginger, and son, the late R. Frazier.
They now have three grandchildren, Matt, 20; Sam, 16; and Emily; 12.
Golding grew up on a tobacco farm in the Beulah community and attended Beulah High School.
He went on to attend Guilford College and Ross School of Aviation in Tulsa, Okla. Golding worked as a professional pilot for many years and went on to gain corporate experience with the company.
In addition to his government work, Golding has served on the North Carolina Board of Criminal Justice Partnership Advisory Board for two terms, the board of directors of Northern Hospital of Surry County and the board of directors of Lowgap Community Center.
He now serves on the Skull Camp Volunteer Fire Department Board of Directors.
"I think I bring a lot to the table," Golding