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GROGAN JOINS LONG LIST IN DAVIDSON RACE
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GROGAN JOINS LONG LIST IN DAVIDSON RACE

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Republican Billy J. Grogan filed Friday to run for a seat on the Davidson County Board of Commissioners. Grogan, 67, is the third Republican and 13th candidate to file for the May 8 primary.

Grogan, of 419 Lakewood Drive in Lexington, said he decided to run ``because of the sorry job that's being done by the current board.'Grogan said the board is spending county money uselessly, citing an airport study the commissioners recently approved.

``It's been done before and the airport can't be expanded profitably,' Grogan said. ``There's not a company that has given the airport as a reason to not move to Davidson. That's throwing $12,500 down the drain. Responsible people can do better than that.'

Grogan also criticized the Republican-dominated board's handling of a recent dispute over merit-pay raises for county department heads.

``I think it's ridiculous that one of the board members or department heads didn't ask for an investigation,' Grogan said. ``If someone had accused me of switching ballots, I would have said, 'Let's go find out who did it.' '

Grogan owned Citizens' Insurance Agency for 25 years before retiring. He has run unsuccessfully for the N.C. House of Representatives and the Lexington City Council.

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