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Richard C. Blackburn


Richard C. Blackburn, a native of Ashe County earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Appalachian State University. He was a teacher and principal for thirty-three years. Additional work experiences include positions with the National Park Service, United States Postal Service, Appalachian State University, and Wilkes Community College.

Blackburn is married to the former Mary Jean Walters, who is a retired elementary teacher. They have one son David. Blackburn is a member of Fletcher Memorial Baptist Church where he has taught Sunday School for fifty-one years. He is a deacon and has held numerous positions of leadership and responsibility in his church.

History of Community Service and Involvement:

Teacher and School Principal- 33 years
Alderman, Town of Jefferson- 11 years
High Country Council of Governments Board Member- 11 years; Chairman- 2 years; Executive Board Member- 3 years
Ashe County Board of Education- 4 years
Ashe County Commissioner- (2002-2010); Chairman 2 years
Hospice Volunteer- 4 years
Charter Member Ashe County Christmas Tree Association,Treasurer- 6 years; Board Member- 8 years
Ashe County Middle School-based Health Committee
Advisory Council for the Ashe County Cooperative Extension Service- 8 years
Blue Ridge Electric Community Leadership Council
Appalachian District Health Department- 8 years
Ashe County Public Library Board- 4 years
Partnership for Children Board- 8 years
Ashe County Building Inspections Board- 6 years
Student Teacher Supervisor for Appalachian State University- 7 years
Adjunct Instructor For Wilkes Community College
Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award- 2010
NC Twenty-FIrst Century Transportation Committee- 18 months
NC Code Officials Qualifications Board- 7 years
Ashe Services for Aging Board- 16 years; Currently Chairman of the Board

These experiences have provided me with an insight into how local government functions, therefore, requiring a shorter learning curve.

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