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Candidate profile: Bobby Aldred

Bobby Aldred served on the Dearing Town Council in the past, and he'd like to do so again.

"I think I can help out a little bit in Dearing, help keep things going smoothly," he said recently in an interview with The McDuffie Mirror.

Mr. Aldred was the McDuffie County coroner for 32 years and chief of the Dearing volunteer fire department for "at least 10 years." And eight years ago, he served one term on the Dearing Town Council.

"We didn't' do anything big, just tried to keep expenses down," he said.

But he'd like to do something this time if elected in November. Mr. Aldred said he'd like to get a paved sidewalk from Neals Mill Road to the post office.

"A lot of people would like to walk to the post office, but they have to walk in the grass," he said. "And sometimes it gets tall, and it's wet in the mornings."

There are "other things" Mr. Aldred said he'd like to do, "but I can't go into it right now."

Mr. Aldred has lived in Dearing since 1945. He and his wife, Rose, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple has three sons who are married, and six grandchildren. They are members of Dearing Baptist Church, where Mr. Aldred has been a deacon since 1971.

Retired from Culpepper Lumber after 46 years as a contract sales manager, Mr. Aldred now enjoys piloting small aircraft, and wood working in his backyard shop.

"When the weather's decent, I enjoy it. I go out there and forget about everything," he said.

Web posted on Thursday, October 29, 2009

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