Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis is barely a week out from having won another term, but Monday found a younger generation eying his chair and finding it a pretty good fit.
Gracen Johnson, a second-grade student at Black Fox Elementary School, took the mayor’s seat at the Bradley County Commission meeting as Mayor for a Day.
“It’s been customary once a year for them to go through a process and pick a person to be county Mayor for a Day,” Davis said.
He acknowledged the interim mayor’s mother, Andrea Johnson, grandmother Becky Sheen and brother Andrew being in attendance for the special occasion.
Instead of Davis giving a report, Johnson gave hers and quickly put in a plug for some classroom space at Black Fox.
“We got a new teacher this year and our music teacher had to get into a trailer,” Johnson said. “So, can you all help us get a room for her?”
Her report garnered hearty applause from both the audience and her temporary colleagues at the Commission dais.
“She’s already into the political process,” Davis noted.
Commission Chairman Louie Alford welcomed Johnson and complimented her on a “good report.”
First District Commissioner Terry Caywood took up the “mayor’s” comments, saying he had recently toured Black Fox with Principal Kim Fisher.
“She showed me students in a little room, it was about 6 feet by 4 feet, and we went to two or three of those and there’s more than one trailer out there,” Caywood said. “That music teacher is just one.”