Ray Roquemore wants to do something he's never done.
He wants to become an elected official.
Mr. Roquemore, a retired executive with Lockheed Aircraft, is vying to become the new District 1 commissioner in McDuffie County. Sammie Wilson, Sr. currently holds that office and is seeking re-election.
Mr. Roquemore is a Republican, while Mr. Wilson is a Democrat.
"I want to serve the citizens of McDuffie County, because I want to help make things better for them," Mr. Roquemore said during a recent interview. "The people of this county deserve the best and I want to offer them the best."
Mr. Roquemore, a family man and part-time farmer who lives on Mt. Pleasant Road in McDuffie County, has been married to his wife, Loraine, for the past 57 years.
He and his wife have been living on the family farm since he retired from Lockheed Aircraft 10 years ago.
"We grow a little corn and soybeans and have a few Black Angus," Mr. Roquemore said.
He said he understands some of the problems confronting residents of McDuffie County.
"I'd like to become commissioner so that I can help make things a little better," Mr. Roquemore said.
Some of the issues he'd like to address, if elected commissioner, include:
Trash problems throughout the county;
Helping to attract better paying jobs to McDuffie County;
Working closely with the Thomson-McDuffie County Industrial Development Authority to help make lure new, clean industry to the county.
"Those are just a few of the things I'd like to do right away," Mr. Roquemore said. "There would be many others down the road."
He said McDuffie County's future is bright and that he wants to be part of helping to make it better by becoming an elected official.
"I think I bring a lot of good things to the table as a candidate," Mr. Roquemore said. "I sincerely hope the voters will give me a chance to serve them."