Maynard honored for many years of service to Mercer County Democrats
Richard "Dick" Maynard was honored Wednesday (April 13) evening for more than 60 years of service to the Democratic Party in Mercer County. County officials, board members, party officials, 74th District state representative candidate Bill Butts and others turned out for the buffet at Doug's Town & Country Restaurant in Aledo.
Maynard, who is in his mid 80s but still very active, was presented with a plaque holding a letter to him signed by President Obama.
Showing his sense of humor, before a reporter could ask his first question, Maynard said, "Am I a Democrat? Yes."
Asked how old he was when he first became involved in Democratic politics, he turned serious.
"I wish I could tell you," Maynard said. "I wasn't very old."
He added, "I don't like using the word 'politician.' People have a (belief) if you're a politician, you're not honest."
Maynard ran for sheriff in 1958 and was elected, taking office in December of that year. He said in those days, you could not serve consecutive terms.
"I never did get elected mayor," he said, laughing.
"I don't know anything he has set his mind to that he hasn't got done," Larry Stone, elected party secretary later in the evening, said. "Leading our party for 40 to 50 years, he's let us use the Slammer (the B&B owned by Maynard and his wife, Jennie) for meetings. ... He has hosted election parties at his building. Dick is special."