Local businessman runs for East Spencer town board

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 23, 2017

By Shavonne Walker

EAST SPENCER — After graduating from high school, East Spencer native Dwayne Holmes didn’t think he’d be part of the multigenerational family scrap metal business, but he’s been a fixture at Holmes Iron & Metal for over 20 years.

Holmes, whose family business has made various donations toward town projects, says he’s all about the progress of the town. He decided to make his first run for public office by filing for a seat on the town board of aldermen.

The 42-year-old said he has issues with the town’s lack of growth. He believes the town should be flourishing more. He also said the town’s high water rates have driven people out of the town.

Holmes said he’s advocate for the Royal Giants Park project, but believes it can be done for much less. His business has given donations to park events, the East Spencer Fire Department, Rowan Helping Ministries and Kiddie Land Daycare as well as various other local organizations and events.

“We have to have the right leadership to perform tasks and duties that need to be performed within this town,” he said.

He said without industry the town won’t grow.

Holmes graduated from Dudley Cosmetology University and afterward worked for two years in the cosmetology industry. He has one daughter. Holmes’ family, which includes his mother, father and two sisters, resides in the area.

The following are also running for a position on the town board — Barbara Mallett, Teon Robinson, James Cowan, Jamilla Kennedy, Phronice Johnson, Otis Gibson, Tammy Corpening and Tony Hillian.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.