Bruce Davis Running for Sixth
The fact that Guilford County Commissioner Bruce Davis was going to run for the North Carolina 6th Congressional District seat was one of the worst kept secrets in the county.
And Davis made it official at about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, when he announced his candidacy in the commissioners meeting room of the Old Guilford County Court House in downtown Greensboro. He did so in front of about 30 people, including friends, family, supporters and members of the media.
Davis began by saying he was there that morning to answer a question.
“It is a simple question and I will try to answer with a simple answer,” he said.
Then he stated the question: “Why are you running for Congress in the 6th District?”
Davis, who’s famous for being long-winded at commissioners meetings and other events, noted that, though he would try to give a “simple” answer to that question, that didn’t necessarily mean a short answer. That drew some laughs since most everyone in the room was aware of Davis’ reputation for long speeches.
Davis said it has been his honor to serve as a county commissioner for the past 12 years. He represents District 1, which includes much of High Point, but Davis pledged that, if elected to Congress, he would represent all of the people of the 6th District equally.
Davis highlighted some of his career starting when he was a child in High Point.
“I grew up in the projects,” Davis said, adding that he knew that term was no longer politically correct.
He said he attended Guilford Technical Community College and High Point University and he brought up his 20-year service in the Marines, where he was a recruiter for much of that time.
Davis said he felt that, in his time as a commissioner, the board had been effective in using economic incentives to bring jobs to Guilford County, and the board had also, he said, done everything from support the NC Shakespeare Festival to passing a “non-tethering law for our four-legged friends.”
Last year, the Board of Commissioners passed a new ordinance that makes it illegal to leave dogs tied up while unattended.
Davis said he was looking forward to earning the chance to represent the 6th District.
“Today, I am excited to announce my candidacy for Congress,” he said.
He added that, if elected, he would fight for ordinary men and women rather than for special corporate interests.
He said society had to especially look out for its veterans, to which society owes a great debt, as well as its elderly.
Davis also said the Congress needs change and said that he would not be found “using political talking points to score points for the team.”
“We will bring forth a new revolution of change,” he said.
At the end of his announcement, Davis asked those on his campaign team to join him in front of the dais. Among the supporters were former Interim Guilford County Manager Sharisse Fuller, who is co-chairman of Davis’ campaign, and former five-time Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston.
“I’m a friend of the campaign,” said Alston, who’s running against incumbent state Sen. Gladys Robinson for the NC District 28 Senate seat.
After the announcement, Davis took a few questions from the media and he explained how a Democrat such as himself could do well in a district that’s been represented by Republican Howard Coble for decades.
“It has voted for Howard Coble,” Davis said. “It has voted for the man, not the party.”
He added, “I may have voted for Howard Coble.”
This time Coble won’t be an opponent though.
In the Democratic primary, Davis will be going up against former General Counsel for the University of North Carolina system Laura Fjeld, the only other Democrat in the race so far.
The Republican ticket is where the crowd is forming. Among those who have announced their intention to run are Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr., Greensboro City Councilmember Zack Matheny, former Banque Privee Edmond de Rothschild executive Bruce VonCannon, former Associate Pastor of Lawndale Baptist Church Mark Walker, former Chairman of the High Point Republican Party Don Webb, pastor of Dillon Road Baptist Church in Jamestown Dan Collison, and Mike Causey who has run for North Carolina insurance commissioner four times.
Former County Commissioner Billy Yow and current County Commissioner Jeff Phillips have also said that they might run on the Republican ticket in this race.
BY Scott D. Yost
January 23, 2014
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