Republicans dominate county races

Nov. 07, 2012 @ 01:10 PM

Republicans ruled the roost in Davidson County on election night.
Republicans swept three available spots on the Davidson County Board of Commissioners Tuesday evening as newcomer Steve Jarvis and incumbents  Fred McClure and Larry Potts ran away with  victories.
Jarvis, seeking public office for the first time, led all six candidates vying for county commissioner with 47,017 votes (26.9 percent), followed by McClure, who garnered 45,106 votes (25.8 percent) and Potts 44,763 (25.6 percent). Jarvis, a 44-year-old general contractor, is the owner of Jarvis Construction in Lexington.
"I'm very humbled and thankful for all the trust the people have given to me based on their vote," Jarvis said. "I want to work for the people and I'm ready to get to know our situation and learn more about the county."
Republicans represent all seven seats of the board after Democrat Phil Olshinski and Libertarians David Speight and Lon Cecil fell short in their election bids. McClure, serving his fourth term on the board, said he was not surprised three Republicans claimed victory. 
"That's pretty much straight party voting," said McClure. "We you get three of them running that close together, and they're the only Republicans running, that's pretty much what you have there."
McClure and Jarvis agree that jobs will continue to be the focus of the board moving forward.
"We need to work on creating jobs and getting county wages back up to the state level," McClure said. "We need to get more people back to work and keeping the county in good fiscal condition."
Rep. Jerry Dockham (R-Davidson) returns for a 12th term representing N.C. House District 80 after easily defeating democratic challenger Loretta Martin, a retired Thomasville High School teacher and vice president of the Democratic Women of Davidson County. Dockham's 23,837 votes (68.75 percent) were more than twice that of his opponent. Dockham is now the second highest ranking Republican in the state house.
"I am very, very pleased and honored with the victory," said Dockham. "The main thing we need to work on when we all go back to Raleigh is making sure we try to create as many jobs as possible for the people of Davidson County and North Carolina. My main priority will be creating jobs and helping people get back to work."
Rep. Richard Hudson (R-Davidson) defeated incumbent Democrat Larry Kissell in the District 8 race. Hudson claimed 69 percent of the vote in Davidson County precincts. Democrat Mel Watt returns for a 12th term representing District 12 in the House of Representatives after beating Republican Jack Brosch, who received more votes than his opponent in Davidson County. Incumbent Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-Davidson) defeated first time candidate Elisabeth Motsinger in the District 5 race.
Rep. Rayne Brown (R- District 81) and Sen. Stan Bighmam (R-Davidson) ran unopposed in their bid to remain in the State House and State Senate, respectively.    
In the presidential race, Davidson County voters supported Republican challenger Mitt Romney by a wide margin — 69.76 percent to 28.93 percent — to help the Massachusetts senator win North Carolina. Incumbent president Barack Obama, however, claimed a second term as commander in chief.
Alan Beck (26,954 votes), Phillip W. Craver (19,867) and Vicki Trail (19.328) were voted to serve on the Davidson County Schools Board of Education.
"I personally want to wish them the best on their journey," said Superintendent Dr. Fred Mock. "We appreciate their emphasis on public schools and the common good for all children. I extended them an invitation to review the agendas of a $160 million budget, a workforce of 2,650 employees and the challenges we have to not only manage those resources but meet the challenge of providing 20,500 students with an education that will give them a good job in their future." 
More than 68 percent of voters cast straight ticket Republican ballots in Davidson County.

Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or