D. Gary Davis seeks re-election as the Bradley County mayor
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D. Gary Davis has formally announced his desire to seek another term, subject to the May 6 Republican primary, as mayor of Bradley County.

He said his campaign will 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 annual budget.

“The 2013-14 budget has been challenging in the current economic environment. However I am exceptionally proud of the fact 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 built and equipped three fire stations. In addition to the new mechanical equipment, 36 professional firefighters have been hired and trained to provide service to our residents.

Bradley County has continued the leadership of excellence in community and economic development by maintaining its designation as a state-certified Three Star Community.

The jobless rate has decreased to 6.4 percent.

The completion of the Dalton Pike road upgrades and widening, the beginning of the improvements at Interstate 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 farmers market and the expansion of the Cannery are just 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 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 residents. It takes a multifaceted approach from many individuals, residents and stakeholders, Davis said.

“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.”

Davis points to his ability to relate to the concerns of Bradley County residents — from farmers, to office workers, laborers, to business owners and beyond.

Born in Bradley County, Davis is a graduated from Bradley High school. He earned an associate 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 thereafter. He is only one of 17 county mayors in Tennessee to have attained this status.

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 and the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center in Cleveland.

He also serves on the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Develop-ment Council, Cleveland/Bradley Industrial Development Board, Cleveland Bradley Incubator and Southeast Community Correct-ions.

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.

“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,” Davis said.