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Council member vies for mayor's seat

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Two-term City Councilman, Patrick Davis, has announced that he is running for mayor of Highland Village this May.

“I am totally committed to the opportunity to serving as mayor of our great city,” Davis said.

“This is not an ego thing for me. My family and I have been truly blessed through the years and it’s time to give back. I have a servant’s heart, leadership skills, time, willingness and the desire to lead the city.”

Davis was first elected to City Council Place 5 in May 2009.  He retired last May from a second career as a middle school science teacher after a 30-year business career which culminated in executive positions in which he was in charge of more than $1 billion in sales revenues for a Fortune 500 company.

He said his goals are to keep Highland Village financially solid, safe, beautiful and protected.

“The Mayor of Highland Village should represent our city at all city, county and state functions,” said Davis, who said he has made civic leadership a priority in his life.

Davis said he routinely attends meetings for Precinct 3, the North Texas Regional Transportation Council, the North Texas Council of Governments and Chamber of Commerce events in both Lewisville and Flower Mound. He makes an effort to attend meetings of the Highland Village Business Association and grand opening ceremonies for new businesses.

Davis has been to Austin on Denton County Day and also participated in a Denton County, Washington DC fly-in to raise awareness of regional issues on the national political scene. During four years service on the Highland Village Board of Adjustment and three years on the City Council, he boasted that he had never missed a regular meeting.

Davis, who said he enjoys support and amicable relations with current city staff and fellow council members, said he is pleased with the direction of city’s government and the city’s ability to retain good employees. He said as mayor he would like to maintain a balanced budget and 17-year history of no tax increases.

As far as major issues, he sees the eminent expansion of Interstate 35 as an opportunity for further beautification of the city. Davis said he wants to be sure the city is properly compensated for the loss of use in Copperas Branch Park and said he will work to protect the area’s natural beauty. He believes the I-35 expansion should be funded 100 percent from motor fuels tax instead of a public/private partnership that relies on toll revenues.

Other priorities for Davis will be design and development of Double Tree Ranch and the master trail plan for city including completion of the trail system in the Castlewood Subdivision. He will work for placement of directional horns at the railroad crossing at FM 2499. He also wants to maintain the cutting-edge excellence in the City’s emergency services, including an enviable record of being named Safest City in North Texas for 10 consecutive years.

Davis’s resume includes a record of business leadership and community involvement. Born and raised in Texas he and wife Martha, have been married for 43 years. They have one son and one granddaughter. Davis taught middle school science in the Lewisville Independent School District for seven years and was named Teacher of the Year at Durham Middle school in 2009. He was Founding chairman of the LISD Drug Task Force Enforcement Committee and a member of the Lewisville Education Foundation. His 30 year business career included a stint as Senior Director of Fleming Companies, then a member of the Fortune 500. Davis has participated in Leadership Lewisville and is co-teacher of an adult Sunday school class at First Baptist Church, Lewisville.

Davis is the second sitting council member who is seeking the mayor’s seat.  Place 2 councilman Bill Irwin announced that he will run for mayor last week.

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