Finding a new legislator moves ahead

Jun. 10, 2013 @ 02:37 PM

Leaders of the Republican Party in Davidson County are pushing up their schedule for replacing outgoing state Rep. Jerry Dockham.
Dockham, R-Davidson, is scheduled to join the N.C. Utilities Commission July 1. Dockham’s nomination by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory is advancing through its required approval in the GOP-controlled N.C. General Assembly.
The executive committee of the Davidson County Republican Party, which will select Dockham’s successor, will take applications from interested individuals through midnight June 20. Dockham’s 80th State House District covers the eastern portion of the county.
“This will allow the Davidson County Republican Party to have a replacement ready and appointed on the impending vacancy date of July 1,” said Lance Barrett, chairman of the Davidson County GOP. “Interested applicants must reside in the district and be registered Republican. Only serious applicants will be considered.”
The executive committee is taking applications through submissions to the email address of lbarrett@triad.rr.com. The executive committee is made up of Davidson County Republicans selected for leadership by their fellow party members.
Since Dockham was nominated for the Utilities Commission a month ago, eight county Republicans have expressed varying levels of interest in the 80th State House District opening, Barrett told The High Point Enterprise.
The successor to Dockham selected by the county GOP executive committee will serve through the November 2014 election in the heavily Republican-leaning district. Dockham has held the seat since 1990 and is the longest-serving current member of the local state legislative delegation.

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