On Tuesday, March 3, former High Point mayor and City Council member Jim Davis won the Republican primary for the Guilford County Board of Commissioners District 6 seat. In November, he will now face Democratic challenger Jim Upchurch for the right to be the next District 6 commissioner.
The November election winner will replace current District 6 County Commissioner Hank Henning, who announced three months ago that he wouldn’t be seeking reelection.
Davis defeated Ewing handily, pulling in 3,014 votes for 61 percent to Ewing’s 1,925 votes for 39 percent.
Before getting elected to the High Point City Council, Davis served on the High Point Planning and Zoning Commission. Six years ago, Davis was appointed mayor after former Mayor Bernita Sims resigned. All that name recognition no doubt helped.
Ewing has been very active in the High Point community as well – but that wasn’t enough to give him a victory. A commercial real estate broker, Ewing represented High Point’s Ward 6 on the city council until he lost his reelection bid in November 2019 – one that came down to a handful of votes. Ewing has been very involved in economic development efforts in High Point and he serves on the Board of Directors of the High Point Economic Development Corp. and the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART).
It’s surprising this commissioners’ seat was open at all. Current District 6 Guilford County Commissioner Hank Henning shocked just about everyone late last year when he announced – along with District 5 Commissioner Jeff Phillips – that he wouldn’t be seeking another term on the board. Henning was elected to the District 6 seat in 2012 and seemed to most everyone to want to continue in that capacity until he made his surprising announcement.