Oak Ridge North election profile: Dan Broyles

April 10, 2018 GMT

With only 10 minutes before the deadline to register for a place on the Oak Ridge North municipal election ballot, 81-year-old Dan Broyles was quickly filling out his application to run for mayor.

Although he filed his candidacy papers with only minutes to space, Broyles hadn’t decided to challenge incumbent Mayor Jim Kuykendall on a whim. Broyles, a retired used care dealer, said his interest in politics had been piqued as early as 2014 when he attended a city debate about whether to widen Robinson Road and tear down homes adjacent to it.

But funding the project would cost a lot of money the city didn’t have, Broyles claimed. The Robinson Road widening is a topic that still gets a lot of residents into heated discussions, Broyles said.

Broyles has lived in the Oak Ridge North community for nearly half a century and said he likes the way it was before all the traffic and debates about Robinson Road.

Forty-seven years after he picked a plot of land and built a house on it, the Palestine, Texas, native said he’s not happy with how he claims the current administration is handling city funds to build what he calls “superhighways.”

“Now (the current city administration) is talking about this master thoroughfare plan with the same idea,” Broyles said. “It’s to open up Robinson Road for major truck traffic. Their respect for property values is nothing”

The Army veteran claims that the current City Council and mayor are unconcerned about property values in Oak Ridge North and just want to make the city a thoroughfare aimed at attracting businesses, instead of keeping the “bedroom community” residents know and love.

Broyles worked for 22 years as a used car dealer. He said he is one of the founding members of the South Montgomery Fire Department, which began in 1974 and was originally known as the Oak Ridge North Volunteer Fire Department.

Broyles, who has been married for 52 years and has one daughter, met his wife-a schoolteacher—on a blind date. The two of them decided in 1971 to buy a home in the Oak Ridge North community where they plan to continue living.