Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis formally announced his desire to seek another term subject to the May 6 Republican primary. He said that his campaign will continue to be “about adhering to the basics of good fiscal policy, highlighting my record of achievement and planning for the future growth of the community while maximizing cooperation efforts in the region we call home.
“My record is one of a fiscal conservative and I do not believe in spending money you don’t have. I have never proposed a tax increase in any of the county budgets but have instead found ways to save taxpayer dollars and increase services provided. As a result, each budget has been balanced without a tax increase.”
As the county’s chief financial officer, he said the county mayor is responsible for managing the county’s $135 million dollar annual budget. He said, "The 2013-2014 budget has again been challenging in the current economic environment. However I am exceptionally proud of the fact that we were able to establish a budget that required no property tax increase, no layoffs, maintained the required reserves and decreased the debt.
"In this past year Bradley County has not only built, but also equipped three fire stations. In addition to the new mechanical equipment 36 professional firefighters have been hired and also trained to join the others already involved in providing exceptional service to our residents.
"Bradley County has continued the leadership of excellence in community and economic development by maintaining our designation as a State certified Three Star Community. This is also evident, that especially in trying economic times across the Nation, our jobless rate has decreased and is presently at 6.4%. The completion of the Dalton Pike road upgrades and widening, the beginning of the improvements at I-75 exit 20, the initial phases of the access roadway construction to the new industrial park, near exit 20, the completed Farmers Market North, the improvements at the original Farmer’s market and the expansion of the Cannery are just a small snapshot of a few accomplishments this past year.
"For the fifth year in a row Bradley County was honored with the “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award” and joins only 28 other local governments in Tennessee to achieve this designation. Bradley County has also again received the certificate of achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting and Openness in Government.
"With the completion of Amazon, Whirlpool and the continued work underway to complete Wacker, these new additions have helped to provide needed jobs and revenue. They have helped to promote Bradley County, Cleveland, Charleston, and the region as the place to locate for an excellent workforce and exceptional quality of life for our citizens. This type of progress does not just happen on its own. It takes a multifaceted approach from many individuals, our amazing residents and stakeholders. We are also blessed with an abundant supply of natural resources, Interstate, waterway, railroad, aircraft and other transportation access, combined with leadership that understands the concept that 'when one succeeds we all succeed.'"
Mayor Davis pointed to his ability to relate to this concept from his ties to the community. He said he understands the concerns of Bradley County citizens – from farmers, to office workers, laborers, to business owners and beyond.
He was born in Bradley County and graduated from Bradley High school. He has earned an associate's degree from Cleveland State Community College and has completed more than 345 credit hours from the University of Tennessee. He has earned the designation of Certified Public Administrator from the University of Tennessee in 1999 and has been re-certified each year therafter. He said as only one of 17 county mayors in Tennessee to have attained this status, this gives him the experience, ability and continuity to build upon the region's past successes and not only meet but help exceed the challenges of the future.
Mr. Davis has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Cleveland for 30 years and is the past president of the North Lee Ruritan Club as well as past president of the North Lee PTO. He is the current chairman of the Southeast Development District as well as the past chairman of both the Southeast Tennessee Human Resources Agency (SETHRA) and the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center in Cleveland. He also serves on the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Council, Cleveland/Bradley Industrial Development Board, Cleveland Bradley Incubator and Southeast Community Corrections.
Mr. Davis and his wife, Sonya, have four children, April May, Blake Davis and his wife, Mollie, Cameron Davis and Callie Davis. Their grandchildren are Greyson May, Hannah, Aiden and Noah Davis.
Mayor Davis said, “While we may not always agree on every issue, you can always know that you have a friend in the Mayor’s office who is working hard for each and every citizen in Bradley County”. Working together, we’re making Bradley County a better place for everyone. My family and I would very much appreciate your support, and I ask for your vote, to continue this service.