Davis will not seek reelection to Trustee post
By Carole Robinson, Senior Staff Writer
Williamson County Trustee Joey Davis and his crew - Erin Perkins, Donna Ryan, Melanie Glenn, Karen Paris, Lisa Jackson, Lucy Pasley and Tanna Green - after Davis announced he withdrew his reelection petition.
With friends, family and supporters in the audience for an early morning press conference today, Williamson County Trustee Joey Davis announced, “after much praying and consideration” he would not seek office in the Williamson County Republican Primary on May 6 or the General Election in August.
After almost 20 years in office, Davis told colleagues and supporters he had withdrawn his reelection petition prior to the press conference.
Davis’ decision this week leaves the election for Trustee wide open.
Davis, with five successful campaigns under his belt, requested in writing that Williamson’s Election Commission Registrar Ann Beard, withdraw his candidate petition for the Office of the Trustee.
“Anyone can withdraw— in writing—by Feb. 27 at noon, which is one week after the qualifying day of Feb. 20,” Beard said.
Although Davis will sit out the campaign season, he did offer the campaigning services of his four grandchildren, who are the best campaigners a candidate could have, he told the gathering.
“When I first ran, I thought it would be for one term,” Davis said in a private interview. “Then I realized the impact of the trustee’s office and I fell in love with my job. Lena and I have been bouncing this (idea) around for a couple of years. I think we should quit while we are still on top.”
The reason for the change of heart is not health related, Davis said after the announcement.
“It’s time,” he said.
Although work has always been his main hobby and yard work his secondary hobby, at age 73—and with wife Lena 75—the couple realized a need to slow the pace. Joey said he plans to spend more time at home doing yard work.
“Now we’re at the age where we need to retire and spend some time together,” he said. “I don’t want to retire and go directly to the nursing home.”
As a young man, Davis had three goals – to retire early from his job at the post office, to open a restaurant and to run for public office.
“God granted all three goals.”
Davis will remain in office until Aug. 31, the end of his term.
Posted on: 12/31/2013