Last updated: November 06. 2013 4:10PM - 1283 Views
Emily M. Hobbs Staff Writer



Emily M. Hobbs/Sampson IndependentRichard 'Dickie' Walters
Emily M. Hobbs/Sampson IndependentRichard 'Dickie' Walters
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SALEMBURG — The Salemburg election saw the return of two incumbents and the welcoming of a new one. Those three received the majority of the votes in the election on Tuesday. A total of 64 votes were cast in the election, for three seats, with only one being a write-in. There were no early voters.


The newly elected commissioner in Salemburg, Richard ‘Dickie’ Walters, stated that he stands ready for whatever the town needs him to do and he wants to help in any way he can.


“My top priority, now that I have been elected, is to learn everything I can about Salemburg,” said Walters in an interview Wednesday. “My wife and I rented a house here at first, and loved it so much we ended up buying land across the street from the rental property so we could build a house.”


“I love the area. I am ready to work with the mayor and the other commissioners,” said Walters. “My family has a long term commitment to stay in Salemburg.”


Walters has a Masters in business from Methodist University and he said he is hoping to utilize those skills to benefit the community. He said he is looking forward to working with the mayor and commissioners and helping the community of Salemburg. Walters is the golf pro at Coharie Country Club in Clinton.


“I am ready to take this time to evaluate and see where the town needs my help, and I am looking forward to help with making changes for the good of the community when the time is right,” he stated. Walters said this is the first time that he has been in a local government political position and that he is looking forward to the opportunity to serve his community.


Long-time commissioner Joe Warren was returned to his seat on the board as well, and was appreciative to the voters for putting him there.


“It feels good to be re-elected,” Warren attested. “I plan on keeping the town progressing forward.”


“The town is still looking to get someone into the buildings downtown and we need more industry in the area,” he said in a telephone interview on Wednesday morning. “I felt that everyone running was good.”


“I want to improve the quality of life for the people of Salemburg,” stated Warren. “I am especially proud that the people had the confidence in me to vote me back into office and I am going to do my level best to make the people proud.”


Warren runs the Citgo in downtown Salemburg.


“I am going to give the town 110 percent and do what I can for them,” stated Warren.


Incumbent Arnold Page, who also won re-election, shared Warren’s sentiments.


“I would like to thank the citizens for giving me the chance to serve again in the community of Salemburg,” said Page, the other re-elected incumbent in a phone interview Wednesday. He said that he is interested in getting some tenants into the Strickland buildings downtown.


“I am going to keep digging for more businesses,” he said. “I am so thankful for the businesses that are already in Salemburg.” He said that he wants to keep working on finding new businesses and industries for the town.


“I am looking forward to working with the new commissioner, Dickie Walters,” said Page. Page also said that he wants to work on getting new tenants in the houses that are for sale in Salemburg.


“I also want to invite people to come look at the new museum,” he said.


Emily M. Hobbs can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 122 or via email at ebrown@civitasmedia.com

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