Dunwoody Mayor's Race: Mike Davis Focuses on Fiscal Responsibility
Says bond issues shows lack of fiscal restraint, gets away from city's original intent
Mike Davis is running for mayor on a platform of fiscal responsibility.
The most recent addition the city’s mayoral race (Bob Dallas entered earlier this week, James Sibold has launched an exploratory committee) said he decided to start a campaign after watching the push for a local bond referendum to support both the transportation and parks master plans.
“The reality is that I was one of the guys who was deeply involved with getting the city off the ground in the first place,” he said. “I don’t want to see our dream ruined.”
He said he’s seen politicians on all levels, from cities to national office, dig deeper into debt.
“They’re all in trouble. Why? Because they borrow money,” he said. “I don’t want to see that happen here. Somebody’s got to step up and say ‘no.’”
Davis said his focus on fiscal conservatism goes beyond the referendum.
“It the whole mindset, it’s not just the referendum,” he said. “The fact that we are even thinking about it is telling me that we really need to get better control over the city council.”
Davis said that spending can be addictive and detrimental to a city.
“Borrowed money to politicians and bureaucrats seems to be like crack cocaine,” he said.
Davis said he’d also like to focus on smart growth and controlled zoning in the city.
He was active in establishment of Dunwoody as a city, and has helped on the campaigns of both Tom Taylor's State House bid and Denis Shortal's campaign for his City Council seat.
According to his bio, Davis is a member of the Georgetown sounding board, the Chamber of Commerce's economic development committee and past president of the Mill Glen Swim and Tennis Club.
He is married with four children and lives just north of Dunwoody Village.
Davis said Ken Wright was a great mayor.
“I would not be running if Ken was still in there,” he said. “He’s stepping down and I think that void might bring in more people that want to borrow money and spend other people’s money.”
Davis held a campaign kick off Thursday night at Village Burger.