Davidson GOP chairman will seek commissioner post

Jan. 14, 2014 @ 04:10 PM

The chairman of the Davidson County Republican Party will run for the Board of Commissioners this year, seeking one of four seats before voters during the GOP primary and general election.

Chairman Lance Barrett announced today that he will make his first bid for elected office by filing next month in the at-large race. He has served as county party chairman for seven years during different periods in the last decade.
“My ancestors (Swicegood, Shoaf and Carrick) have lived in what is now Davidson County since the 1700s,” Barrett said in a statement to The High Point Enterprise. “It is my goal to be the best public servant possible.”
Barrett previously served on the Lexington City Board of Education, whose members are appointed by the Lexington City Council.
At least one seat on the all-Republican Board of Commissioners will be open this year. GOP Commissioner Sam Watford announced last fall that he’s running against Rep. Roger Younts, R-Davidson, in the 80th State House District, meaning Watford won’t seek his commissioner seat in 2014.
The other three seats before voters this year are held by commissioners Don Truell, Todd Yates and Billy Joe Kepley, according to the Davidson County Board of Elections. The primary is May 6, with the general election Nov. 4.
Because of state Republican Party rules, Barrett will relinquish his chairmanship of the county party to run for public office. GOP rules mandate that a county chairman give up his or her seat if he or she runs in a contest in which there is a Republican primary.
Barrett told the Enterprise that he will depart as chairman at the next county party meeting March 6, as he expects that this year’s Board of Commissioners race will require a GOP primary.

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