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Published: Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Filing closes; primaries set in select races

By David Bodenheimer, The Dispatch

Filing for local and state offices ended Wednesday but not before an eventful morning that saw six new filings in Davidson County in three separate races.

Davidson County Board of Commissioners' chairman Sam Watford will make a run for North Carolina Senate, challenging incumbent state Sen. Stan Bingham, R-Davidson, and Republican Eddie Gallimore for the 33rd District seat.

Watford kept his intentions to run for state office under tight wraps. He was the last candidate to file, making his candidacy official before the noon deadline. Watford said he mulled his decision for a few weeks, talking about it with close friends and family but didn't make a final decision until Wednesday morning.

"I kind of waited to see who did file and how things looked." Watford said.

Watford is in his third term as a commissioner and second year as chairman. He said he would like to turn his attention to issues at the state level.

"State government has a big impact on this county and our lives daily," Watford said. "I've become familiar with that through the years, naturally."

No Democrats filed for the seat.


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Published: Thursday, March 1, 2012.

Democrats fail to show up during filing
The Dispatch

A review of the candidates who filed for local and state races that include Davidson County shows a preponderance of Republicans.

So in 2012, once again the main fireworks will come in the Republican primary. Seven candidates will seek the three commissioner seats that will appear in November, but only two incumbents, since Cathy Dunn chose not to seek re-election. So at least one new commissioner will join the board in December. Rep. Jerry Dockham, R-Davidson, will also face two primary challengers in District 80, with the winner taking on Democrat Loretta Martin in the general election. Perhaps the most intriguing race will be the GOP primary for N.C. Senate District 33, where incumbent Stan Bingham will face Sam Watford, chairman of the Davidson County Board of Commissioners, and Eddie Gallimore, a long-time party official.


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Published: Saturday, March 17, 2012 .

GOP holds straw poll, passes marriage amendment resolution at convention
By David Bodenheimer. The Dispatch

Davidson County Republicans held their party convention Saturday and heard from numerous candidates who will participate in a May primary and perhaps gave some insight as to the results of that primary with a straw poll.

Around 84 county delegates attended the convention at West Davidson High School. Straw poll votes were cast for local races — county commissioner, N.C. House District 80 and N.C. Senate District 33 — as well as a slew of state and federal races.

In N.C. House District 80, incumbent Jerry Dockham beat challengers Dick Johnson and Christy Jones by a “substantial” margin, and Eddie Gallimore won in N.C. House District 33, beating incumbent senator Stan Bingham and challenger Sam Watford, chairman of the Davidson County Board of Commissioners.


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