Donnie Potter to run for county commissioner

Jan. 22, 2014 @ 11:43 AM

Donnie Potter, a former member of the Sawmills Town Council, announced Tuesday that he plans to run for a seat on the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners.

Potter, 49, an account executive with Ally Bank, served on the Sawmills Town Council from 2009 to 2013, losing his seat to Gerelene Blevins in the November election.

The seats of two current county commissioners, Chris Barlowe and Mike LaBrose, are up for election in November. Potter is the first to officially announce plans to challenge them, but former commissioner Ben Griffin has put up some campaign signs. Feb. 10 will be the first day that candidates can file their paperwork to get on the ballot.

In a press release, Potter outlined a platform that emphasizes transparent government, conservative growth and long-term planning.

“I have decided to run because I think it’s time that we put people over politics,” Potter said in the release. “I feel that our commissioners should do a better job of listening to the citizens, planning for our future and producing better results.”

Potter said he believes the county should develop a long-term capital improvement plan, hold open budget planning meetings with department heads, and increase salaries for law enforcement and emergency services employees.

He also said Caldwell County voters should “demand” improved emergency services equipment.

“I feel that some of your current commissioners took your safety and well-being for granted when they purchased worn-out, used and inferior emergency response vehicles just to save a little money,” he said.  

Potter has worked in sales management positions for Ally Bank for 13 years, and currently works as an account executive in the auto division. He lives in Sawmills with his wife, Lisa, and his son, Cameron, a sixth-grade student at Hudson Middle School.