Sam Watford

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Sam Watford
North Carolina House of Representatives, District 80
In office
January 1, 2015 - present
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 0
Base salary$13,951/year
Per diem$104/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionWatford Construction Company
Office website
Campaign website
Sam Watford is a Republican member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 80. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Watford served three terms on the Davidson County Board of Commissioners. He also served on the Davidson County Planning and Zoning Board and is the former Liberty GOP Precinct Chairman.[1]


Watford attended Western Carolina University from 1971 to 1973, Guilford Technical Institute from 1974 to 1976 and earned a degree in Civil Engineering Technology. His professional experience includes owning Watford Construction Company.[1]


Campaign themes


Watford's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

Mission Statement

  • Excerpt: "I will promote the basics of good state government providing adequate facilities and services as efficiently as possible. Facilities for the education of our children and personal security will be my top priorities."
  • Excerpt: "I will make informed decisions keeping the welfare and safety of our citizens in mind and at the same time monitoring planned residential, commercial and industrial growth. I am pro-business, especially for our existing companies (large and small)."
  • Excerpt: "I will encourage open lines of communication between state and county government and the municipalities within."



See also: North Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Carolina House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 6, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 28, 2014. Sam Watford defeated incumbent Roger Younts in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[3][4]


See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Watford ran in the 2012 election for North Carolina State Senate District 33. He lost to incumbent Stan Bingham in the Republican primary on May 8.[5][6]

North Carolina State Senate District 33 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngStan Bingham Incumbent 40.4% 9,135
Eddie Gallimore 38.2% 8,630
Sam Watford 21.4% 4,823
Total Votes 22,588


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Watford and his wife, Karen Hege Watford, have two daughters and two grandchildren.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Roger Younts (R)
North Carolina House - District 80
January 1, 2015-present
Succeeded by