FARMINGTON — Bill Glasscock wanted to help out his community.
In the last election, no one ran for mayor in Farmington, so he decided to run a write-in campaign for the office.
And he was successful, winning a two-year term.
“No one else was wanting the job,” he said. “I’ve been down here in Farmington for about 40 years. I like to help the town a little bit and get some of the work done that needs done. That’s my main agenda, is to do things for the town.”
He was happy to get the support from voters.
“I was glad, I was certainly glad of that,” he said. “I’m glad to be able to get a shot at trying to make a difference.”
Glasscock said he received a total of 26 votes. He thanked everyone for their vote, and said he “absolutely” looked forward to working with council.
“We’ve got a good group, I believe,” he said. “And we’ve got a good recorder and clerk, good police officer, so I think we’ll do fine, and a couple of good town workers.”
He has family ties to Farmington.
“I’ve lived here 40 years,” he said. “My mother and my grandparents were from here, so I’ve been coming here all my life, one way or another. I graduated high school in Mannington, but I went to school down here also one year.”
Glasscock enjoys living in the town.
“I like the people and everything,” he said. “I just like the town. It’s a good community.”
As for his goals, Glasscock said he would like to do something about the streets.
“The streets are pretty bad — potholes, as they are everywhere,” he said. “Of course, like all small towns, we don’t have a lot of revenue and a lot of money, but I’m going to try to start fixing some of the potholes on the streets, basically cleaning up the town.”
Glasscock offered his thoughts on funding.
“Right now, we’re going have to dig around in our own coffers to try to get that done, but maybe — it’s kind of late this year — but maybe by next year, we can get some money somewhere for the streets,” he said.
Part of “cleaning up the town” also includes encouraging residents keep their properties free from junk, he said.
“We’ve definitely been going around and encouraging people to clean their junk up,” he said. On another topic, he thought the field house at Ray Kelly Athletic Field would be a good place to relocate the town hall in the future, if finances would allow.
He said the “field house would be a nice city complex, actually, down the road.” He said such a move wouldn’t be in “the near future.”
“I probably won’t get it done, but it is an idea that I had,” he said.
He said it’s centrally located, within walking distance and is a nice building.
“Because this building is pretty old, it’s got a lot of issues, and it’s really not big enough for what we need,” he said of the current town hall. “That building would get us all on one floor. The upstairs in this building is pretty much unusable.”
He stressed that none of the children’s activities would be affected in any way, if such a move took place. He said they would be kept in place “100 percent.”