Ronda is a small town in Wilkes County with fewer than 420 people.
Ronda Mayor Victor Varela
- Mayor talks with Emanuel Wood
This is a transcript of an audio recording of Ronda Mayor Victor Varela talking with Manuel Wood about a videotape made secretly in Varela's home at the behest of Wood's grand-nephew Kevin Reece and Andrew Wood.
Varela: What do you want to tell me?
Wood: All I want to tell you is a whole lot of people in Ronda want you to resign and what you do is your own business. But Kevin’s going to take them videos to Baptist Hospital and Channel 11 news.
Varela: Who is?
Wood: Kevin. I seen those videos. It might get you in hot water at Baptist Hospital, I don’t know.
Varela: Alright. So you’re saying that you want me to resign?
Wood: Now, I didn’t say that. I said a whole lot of people is, want you to (resign).
Varela: OK. So …
Wood: I can tell you what it is I’d do if it was me.
Varela: What’s that?
Wood: I’d get the hell out. I’d tell you why I’d do it: That $150 a month (in pay for serving as mayor) ain’t worth it.
Varela: So that would stop the video from going anywhere?
Wood: I can talk to him and … you do what you think you should do, that’s the way I see it. But I’m honest with you, I don’t think you’ve done a good job. But that’s your business whether you resign or not. But that would stop that if you do resign.
Varela: Well, tell him I’m going out of town and I’ll consider it. I’m just going to go to my in-laws and I’m gonna relax for a couple of days and think about it.
Varela: He gave me his word he wasn’t going to do that. I had a good conversation the other night. … If you would, talk with him and tell him that. OK?
Wood: I’ll do it.
Varela: OK, thanks.
Wood: Hmm mmm.
Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2013 12:00 am
Updated: 4:55 pm, Wed Jul 16, 2014.
RONDA — Political opponents of the mayor of Ronda wired his 18-year-old houseguest with a camera and secretly recorded video of the mayor’s wife smoking marijuana in their home while the mayor was there.
The videotape was brought to the Winston-Salem Journal just as a bill giving Ronda voters the power to recall elected officials awaits final approval from North Carolina’s governor.
Sunday, April 14, 2013 12:00 am.
Updated: 4:55 pm.