• 73°

Abernathy focuses on kindness, development in Landis re-election bid

Candidate

Dorland Abernathy

By Jessica Coates

jessica.coates@salisburypost.com

LANDIS — Dorland Abernathy said that when he first ran for the Landis Board of Aldermen, he did so with the objective of creating a kinder environment for residents who wished to express their concerns.

“I care about Landis, and I care about the people of Landis. I want to both represent them and serve them,” Abernathy said.

Abernathy, 67, said that in the four years he has served since that initial run, he has tried to listen to people without judgment or disrespect.

“I have sought to make certain that I understood whatever matters have come before the board before rushing to a vote on any issue,” Abernathy said.

One of the issues that both he and other Landis residents have been most concerned with is town finances.

After some aldermen were found to be using questionable spending habits during town-funded trips, Abernathy said he led the charge to overhaul the board’s travel policy.

“I wanted to remember that every dime I voted to spend as an alderman had to come out of someone’s pocket,” Abernathy said.

In the past two years, the money budgeted for board travel has been reduced from $30,000 in 2015-16 to $7,000 in 2016-17.

He said that should he be re-elected, he wants to focus on economic development — especially near the Interstate 85 interchange that is being built in southern Rowan County. He also wants to focus on parks and recreation projects.

Abernathy is a retired Charlotte-Mecklenburg school teacher. He said his pet projects are to support breast cancer patients and military families.

Abernathy is a 20-year survivor of breast cancer.

Abernathy has been married to his wife, Colette, for 36 years. They have five children: Marty, Melissa, Christopher, Paul and Nathan.

Contact reporter Jessica Coates at 704-797-4222.

Comments

High School

High school football: Hornets overpower South to secure playoff spot

Crime

Jeffrey MacDonald won’t be released despite deteriorating health

Business

Amazon warehouse workers reject union in Alabama

Nation/World

Ex-NFL player’s brain to be probed for trauma-related harm after Rock Hill shootings

Education

Duke University to require COVID vaccinations for fall term

Education

Cooper OKs bill offering K-12 students summer school option

High School

High school football: Record night for Pinckney as East cruises; Carson wins thriller in OT

Nation/World

D-Day survivor, WWII torch bearer Ray Lambert dies at 100

Nation/World

Prince Philip was always defined by role as husband of British queen

BREAKING NEWS

One dead, several injured after head-on collision in China Grove

Crime

Man, woman charged for selling drugs to undercover deputies

Crime

Blotter: Rowan County man charged with indecent liberties with children

Local

Spencer town board gets look at Park Plaza progress

Business

‘Applicant market’: Unemployment rate improving as businesses hire more workers

Local

National, local business leaders praise Salisbury’s initiative to support Black-owned operations

Nation/World

Tillis has prostate cancer surgery

Coronavirus

Adverse reactions surface from Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Nation/World

Expert: Lack of oxygen killed George Floyd, not drugs

Local

Quotes of the week

Nation/World

Biden seeks crackdown on homemade firearms

Nation/World

Victim of former NFL player’s rampage wrote of faith, life’s fragility

News

Wrongly imprisoned man gets $750,000

High School

West falls to Statesville, finishes second in NPC

Education

Middle, high school students head back to classes full time