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February 23. 2006 12:00AM
Sam Watford files to keep commissioner seat
 The Dispatch
 Unlike many candidates before him, Republican incumbent Sam Watford was without an entourage as he filed to keep his seat as a Davidson County commissioner Wednesday.
 "It was a rainy day, and I was waiting on a rainy day to file," he joked in an interview.

 The 53-year-old underground water and sewer utility contractor is completing his first four-year term as commissioner and says he needs more time to make some changes in the county.
 "Even though we've had some successes, the goals that I had hoped to achieve, especially in the area of economic development in our county, have not materialized," he said.
 Watford said if "allowed the opportunity by the citizens" to serve another term, he will work to ensure that the sewer line project, which is part of a $66.4 million school bond approved in the November election, is completed properly and in a timely manner.

 The Davidson County native, who lives in Denton with his wife, Karen, an English teacher at North Davidson High School, has two daughters who attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - one is a graduate student, and the other is an undergraduate.
 Wednesday was a slow day at the county board of elections, as only two candidates filed.
 Watford joins fellow incumbent Don W. Truell and former Commissioner Kenny Moore in the Republican race for four seats on the county board. Jeff Switzer, who filed Wednesday morning, is the only Democratic candidate for commissioner so far.
 Ese Isiorho can be reached at 249-3981, ext. 228, or at ese.isiorho@the-dispatch.com.

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