Bradley County Mayor Davis to seek re-election
Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis has formally announced his desire to seek another term, subject to the May 1 Republican primary.
He states 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 and this 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, the county mayor is responsible for managing the county’s $140 million annual budget.”
“The 2017-18 budget has again been challenging. However, I am exceptionally proud of the fact we were able to establish a budget that required no property tax increase, maintained the required reserves and continues to provide the services our citizens expect and deserve.”
This past year Bradley County has added three more paid fire stations. This brings the total to eight paid stations throughout Bradley County, providing better response times and exceptional service to our residents, with an ISO rating of 4.
Bradley County has continued the leadership of excellence in community and economic development by maintaining our designation as a state-certified Three Star Community. Our jobless rate has decreased and is presently at 3.1 percent.
In 2017 the new Interchange on APD 40 was completed. This has opened up hundreds of acres for commercial development. And the new Industrial Park is being developed as we speak. Once developed, this will help bring more industries and thus more jobs to Bradley County. This is probably the biggest thing to happen in Bradley County since Wacker. Also, movement has begun on Georgetown Road. Right-of-way acquisition is to occur, this year.
For the ninth 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, for the 12th year, received the certificate of achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting and Openness in Government.
Davis said he understands the concerns of Bradley County residents – from farmers, to office workers, laborers, to business owners and beyond. He was born in Bradley County and graduated from Bradley Central High School. He earned an associate degree from Cleveland State Community College. He earned the designation of Certified Public Administrator from the University of Tennessee in 1999 and has been re-certified each year thereafter, completing more than 400 credit hours. And 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 our region’s past successes, and not only meet but help exceed the challenges of the future.
Davis has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Cleveland for 35 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 Tennessee Development District as well as the past chairman of the Southeast Tennessee Human Resources Agency, or SETHRA. He also serves on the Economic Development Council, Cleveland/Bradley Industrial Development Board, Cleveland Bradley Incubator Board, Southeast Community Corrections, Tennessee Rehabilitation Center, and the Bradley/Cleveland Community Services Agency.
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.
Davis said, “While we may not always agree on every issue, you can always know 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," he said.
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