CLYDE — Clyde alderwoman Diane Fore will face her first election in November. Fore filed for office Tuesday, armed with 18 months of experience after she was tapped to fill the board seat vacated by present Mayor Jim Trantham, who filled an unexpired term.
“I’ve loved every minute of this,” Fore said of her time on the Clyde governing board. I love Clyde, and I enjoy feeling like I represent the people. I just like talking to people and finding out, good or bad, things they like or don’t like.”
Fore is a retired banker and a retired school teacher. She currently works as a part-time Publix Apron lady. She started her working career at Publix, Fore said, and is loving her job there in her retirement years as it affords the opportunity to chat with plenty of individuals throughout the work day.
One thing Fore is especially proud of is her success in recruiting other women to become involved in town boards and activities.
“Their reaction is always the same,” she said, noting those she initially approach say they don’t know anything about such a task. “I tell them, ‘you have a willingness to know about their town. That’s all you need.’”
Fore said she believes the town governing board has demonstrated an ability to involve citizens in town matters, even when it has been controversial such as when a business owner challenged the town’s ban on pool halls.
Going forward, Fore said she would like to see the town begin to look at areas of concern such as issues that plague neighborhoods, be it drug problems, abandoned vehicles or run-down properties.
“I would like to see us in a better position to handle some of those concerns,” she said.
She also had high praise for Town Administrator Joy Garland, who she said has been her greatest learning tool and values the relationships she’s formed with town employees.
“The passion from this group is incredible,” she said. “Representing a place like Clyde is an honor.”