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Election candidate profile: Richard “Dick” Strode

Oct. 31, 2012 @ 08:40 AM

The 2012 general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6. We are running profiles from candidates who have filled out our questionnaire. For answers to more questions from this candidate and others, visit Herald-Dispatch.com. Click Elections, then Local Races. If a candidate has submitted his or her profile information and questions, the candidate’s name will be a blue hyperlink to that information. Candidates’ replies appear as they were submitted and have not been edited.

NAME: Richard “Dick” Strode

CANDIDATE FOR: Huntington City Council District 8

PARTY: Independent

CITY: Huntington


EDUCATION: Dekalb College, Dekalb, Ga. Degree, Criminal Justice with a minor in Police Administration.

OTHER WORK HISTORY: 1960, enlisted in the U.S. Army. Graduated 1964 4th Army Non-commission Officers Academy. Awarded rank of Sgt. E-5. Vietnam veteran, honorable discharge. 1965, General Motors, Flint, Michigan. 1966-1970, Huntington Police. 1971, C&O Special Agent. 1972, RF&P Railroad Special Agent, Alexandria, Va. 1972, Rich’s Dept. Store, Atlanta, Ga. Security supervisor. 1972-1976, Atlanta Police Dept. 1977, State of W.Va. Liquor store manager. 1989, Retired to work and take care of property.

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: Elder, Highlawn Presbyterian Church. Member, Highlawn Association.

FAMILY: married Judy Ann Russell. Children, Lisa, Richard and Susan.

QUESTION & ANSWER: What are the top two problems in your district if you are running for a district seat, and how would you address them?

“Crime, drugs, unkempt property. I will try to put in place a crime prevention program that I will oversee personally. Find out who owns the property and see what can be done.”

OTHER CANDIDATES: Strode faces Democrat Tom McGuffin in the general election.

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