The election of Casey Clinger to the Floyd County Board of Supervisors brings another biker onto the Floyd political and governmental scene.

That’s right, Clinger rides a Harley Davidson. So does County Administrator Dan Campbell and Sheriff Shannon Zeman, along with at least one of his deputies. State Trooper Andrew O’Connor is a Harley fanatic as well.

As a Harley rider, I happen to like the infiltration of county government by bikers.

Floyd County is biker country, with nearly 600 bikes registered for road use and an undetermined number of other off-road machines.

Not just Harleys. A lot of others enjoy two-wheel motorized madness, including:

  • Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Jeff Dalton (Honda);
  • State Trooper Keith Gregory (Yamaha);
  • Floyd Country Store and Crenshaw Lighting owner Woody Crenshaw (Honda for the street and a Suzuki for the track);
  • And others

You’ll find bikes parked outside the Blue Ridge Restaurant in Floyd on most days and another gaggle at Tuggles Gap. The American Motorcycle Association lists two roads in Floyd County among the best riding roads in the nation, along with the Blue Ridge Parkway as a preferred route.

We’re taking over.