Watford will run in Republican District 80 primary

Younts also vies for nomination
Oct. 25, 2013 @ 10:49 AM

Current Davidson County Commissioner Sam Watford will seek the Republican District 80 nomination of the of the N.C. House of Representatives. The primary vote will be May 6.

Watford announced his candidacy at an Oct. 19 fundraiser in Welcome for Sen. Stan Bingham, R-Davidson, and Sheriff David Grice.

Roger Younts announced his intention to seek the nomination during a campaign event in late September.  Younts was appointed to fill the seat of Rep. Jerry Dockham, who  accepted a position with the N.C. Utilities Commission after serving District 80 for more than a decade.

Upon Dockham stepping away from his post, controversy has surrounded the seat. Younts was appointed after a 3-2 vote, of which he was one of six eligible voting members of the executive committee of the Davidson County Republican Party.

Dwight Story, the only one of the six eligible not to cast a vote, was on a church trip at the time the vote was held. He had arranged to cast his vote over the phone, but was denied his right to do so. In the aftermath, Story has refrained from endorsing any candidate for the 2014 election. He simply stated this week it makes perfect political sense for Watford to run for re-election after dropping a close contest this year.

"I think it's a good move. From my observation, it will probably be close,"  Story said. "Roger is already out campaigning and Sam will soon do the same. I don't know whether there will be anyone else to throw his or her hat in the race."

In announcing his campaign, Younts told the High Point Enterprise that he wants to continue reflecting the conservative values of his constituents at the N.C. General Assembly.

“We have put our state back on the right path, but after 140 years of almost total Democrat control there is still much to be done,” Younts said.

Watford says he looks forward to serving in a new office.

"It has been an honor to play a small part in the operation of one of the most efficient counties in North Carolina for the past 11 years," said Watford, who is serving his third consecutive term as Commissioner. "I look forward to participating in the management of our state government resources to help keep North Carolina a great place to do business, live and raise a family."


Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or kennedy@tvilletimes.com.