ELECTION: First Republican files for city race

Jul. 19, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

The first registered Republican officially filed for the upcoming Sanford municipal election Thursday.

Max Dolan — who campaigned to join the Lee County Board of Commissioners in 2012 — filed for the city's at-large seat and could face either Democratic incumbent L.I. "Poly" Cohen or challenger Chas Post this November.

"I ran last year for Lee County commissioner and, even though I lost, I still had the feeling I had something to offer," Dolan said. "I'd like to see a better balance of view on city council, and I really feel like I could give my two cents' worth."

Dolan, a veterans affairs representative at Fort Bragg, has previously worked in community college and private training center education, security management in business and industry, and employment counseling.

“Our major concerns should be about how to create a better job-growth environment, including reducing the tax burden on individuals and businesses, and how to be more accountable to every city resident," Dolan wrote in a press release. “I have the knowledge, experience and fortitude that can help move the city forward during this very difficult economic period.  I look forward to serving all Sanford residents, and I look forward to dealing successfully with the challenges that face us.”

Filing for the Sanford and Broadway municipal elections ends at noon today.