County on verge of new representative
If all goes according to plan, residents of the eastern part of Davidson County should know on Thursday evening the name of their new representative at the State Legislative Building in Raleigh.
Former state Rep. Jerry Dockham, R-Davidson, officially left his longtime seat in the 80th State House District last week to take a post with the N.C. Utilities Commission. The executive committee of the Davidson County Republican Party is scheduled to meet privately Thursday night in Lexington to discuss and fill the opening.
Davidson County Republican Party Chairman Lance Barrett said the name of the successor to Dockham will be announced publicly following the meeting. The executive committee is made up of county Republicans named to the leadership body by their fellow GOP members in the county.
Barrett told The High Point Enterprise that six candidates who formally applied will be considered for the 80th State House District seat. The Republican appointed will fill out the term through the November 2014 general election in the heavily Republican-leaning district.
The candidates who submitted nominations are:
• Sam Watford, member of the Davidson County Board of Commissioners and former state Senate candidate
• Roger Younts, county Republican Party treasurer
• Dick Johnson, who ran twice for the 80th State House District seat
• Christy Jones, schoolteacher who ran for seat last year
• Carl Shatley, former candidate for Thomasville City Council
• Tony Taylor, high school teacher in Davidson County
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