By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – City Councilman Jonny Davis kicked off his state Senate run Wednesday by focusing on the well-being of future generations.
The 46-year-old private businessman and fifth-generation Tupeloan said in a press conference at City Hall that he wants to boost the educational and economic opportunities for the children of the district.
“I want a bright future for our children and grandchildren,” said Davis, who in 2007 ran unsuccessfully for the same seat as a Democrat. He now is a Republican.
District 6 covers Lee and Pontotoc counties and was represented by Alan Nunnelee until he stepped down last month after winning a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Davis will face five other candidates in the nonpartisan Jan. 11 special election, including his council colleague and fellow Republican Mike Bryan.
If elected, Davis said he’ll have no learning curve because he already knows most of the political players shaping state and local government. He met them through his years of community and public service, he said.
Before entering the council, Davis had served on Tupelo’s Major Thoroughfare Committee, Tupelo License Commission and Presley Heights Neighborhood Association board.
He also has poured much of his time into education, serving on a variety of associations, task forces and committees to further academic opportunities in Tupelo and across the state. Three years ago, he won the Jack Reed Sr. Advocate For Education Award.
“I am the people’s candidate,” Davis said, flanked by his family and supporters during the brief conference. “Whether you are white, black, Hispanic or Asian, you will have me as a representative.”
Davis attended Itawamba Community College and has a degree from the University of Mississippi. He is married to wife Sherry. The couple have two sons, and the family attends Tupelo First United Methodist Church.
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Jonathan “Jonny” Davis
– Party affiliation: Republican
– Age: 46
– Family: Wife Sherry and two sons
– Church: First United Methodist Church
– Business: Property management
– Political experience: Ward 5 Tupelo city councilman