‘The most unethical thing I’ve ever seen’

Younts to replace Dockham after controversial vote
Jul. 12, 2013 @ 10:03 AM

Roger Younts will replace former state Rep. Jerry Dockham, R-Davidson, in the House of Representatives but not without conflict.

Former state Rep. Jerry Dockham, R-Davidson, officially left his longtime seat in the 80th State House District last week to take a post with the N.C. Utilities Commission. The executive committee of the Davidson County Republican Party met privately Thursday night in Lexington to discuss and fill the opening.

Davidson County Republican Party Chairman Lance Barrett said all six voting members of that district were not able to attend the meeting Thursday. Dwight Story was, as of Wednesday, allowed to participate in the vote by telephone but during the meeting on Thursday, three of the five voting members in attendance, including candidate and winner Younts, voted not to allow Story to vote by phone.

“It was one of the single most unbelievable and unethical things I have ever seen,” Barrett said. “Roger Younts, who’s a candidate, refused to recuse himself and denied another man his right to vote. I had to leave the room because I could not be a party to this.”

Barrett said that he could not stay in the room because that would give the impression that he condoned the actions that were being taken. Out of the 12 members in attendance at the meeting, Barrett along with four other members walked out of the room. Five of the remaining seven had to stay to vote.

“At the end of the day, Roger has to live with it and he will have to defend himself in the realm of public opinion and to Davidson County,” Barrett said.

There were six candidates who formally applied and were considered for the 80th State House District seat. The Republican appointed will fill out the term through the November 2014 general election in the heavily Republican-leaning district.

Other candidates for the seat were:

• Sam Watford, member of the Davidson County Board of Commissioners and former state Senate candidate, who received two votes

• Dick Johnson, who ran twice for the 80th State House District seat

• Christy Jones, school teacher who ran for seat last year

• Carl Shatley, former candidate for Thomasville City Council

• Tony Taylor, high school teacher in Davidson County

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