Legislator may leave office for new post
State Rep. Jerry Dockham, R-Davidson, would resign his legislative seat later this year if he’s approved for a post on the N.C. Utilities Commission after being nominated this week by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.
Dockham, the longest-serving current member of the Piedmont legislative delegation, said today that he would resign the House seat he’s held for 23 years because of the Utilities Commission role. If his nomination is approved by Dockham’s fellow legislators in the N.C. General Assembly, his Utilities Commission term would start July 1.
Dockham told The High Point Enterprise that he intends to serve in the 80th State House District until he would join the Utilities Commission. Dockham’s district covers the eastern portion of Davidson County.
Dockham acknowledges that it will be a bittersweet moment for him to leave the General Assembly to join the Utilities Commission.
“It’s been an honor to serve Davidson County and my constituents. But I’m looking forward to starting a new chapter,” Dockham said. “It’s a challenge, but I’m ready to take on something new.”
If Dockham resigns his House seat, the executive committee of the Davidson County Republican Party would choose his successor, according to state election law. The governor would have to give final approval to the county party’s nominee.
The successor to Dockham would fill out the term in the heavily leaning Republican district through the November 2014 general election.
Davidson County GOP Executive Committee Chairman Lance Barrett said he expects several candidates, at minimum, to express interest in the 80th State House District opening.
“A position of that magnitude and importance, you are going to have to have a solid resume,” Barrett said.
Dockham’s current service in the state House of Representatives includes serving as vice chairman of the House Public Utilities and Energy Committee. He is a retired insurance agency owner from Denton.
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