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INDEPENDENCE — George R. “Dicky” Whitaker has officially announced his candidacy for the position of Grayson County treasurer.
Whitaker said he will run as an independent. “I feel that the Lord has opened a door up for me to pursue,” he said in a press release.
In August, he is set to graduate from Wytheville Community College for the second time with an associate’s degree in accounting, which was through the school’s Trade Readjustment Act program. He also said he graduated from WCC the first time in 1980 and from Fries High School in 1973.
“With my knowledge, I can help the citizens of Grayson County,” he said. “I have been a deacon at Camp Zion Church for several years and the treasurer of its cemetery fund. In the past, I was the treasurer for the Baywood Ruritan Club for about 20 years.”
Whitaker lives in the Baywood community with his wife, Betty. He also has one daughter, Tabitha, who lives in Indiana with her husband Matt and three-year-old son Johnny.
“I would appreciate your prayers and support as I pursue the upcoming election,” he said.
Other candidates who have announced their intention to run at this point include Republican Paula Carrico and independent candidates Stephanie Brewer and Pete Hall.
Grayson County Democrats have not yet named a candidate, but local party chairman Bill Duncan said there are several interested candidates. Democrats will hold a caucus meeting Aug. 6, while Grayson County Republicans were to meet for their caucus on Thursday.
Grayson Registrar Cody Wingate said anyone else who plans to run for the office as an independent must petition for 125 signatures from registered county voters and submit it to his office by Aug. 16.