Jimmy Davidson knows a little bit about family.
Along with his late wife Ruby, the West Point native raised seven children. Like many Clay County residents, Davidson also worked at Bryan Foods, which has since closed its doors along with many other companies in the area.
Family and work are the two main components in Davidsonâ€™s platform as he seeks the office of State Representative for District 36.
â€śMy two main priorities are economic development and education,â€ť Davidson told the Daily Times Leader on Friday afternoon. â€śI want to do all I can do in this position to bring economic development to this district.â€ť
Davidson is a product of the West Point school system, and he continued his education at Prince Georgeâ€™s Community College and the University of Mississippi upon graduation.
His wife was a school teacher for 31 years, and he sent seven of his own kids through the schools in Clay County.
â€śOur education system has to be the best it can possibly be,â€ť Davidson said. â€śEvery student needs to be educated for the money weâ€™re spending.â€ť
Davidson says that jobs and education are bound together tightly. That is why he is a full supporter of the West Point/Clay County Growth Alliance.
â€śClay County has moved to the forefront with the Growth Alliance teaming with the LINK,â€ť Davidson said of the partnership between the West Point organization and the Columbus-Lowndes Development LINK. â€śJoe Higgins has a proven record, and we have to give him all of the tools we can for him to do that job.â€ť
Davidson says that he will work with the economic developers to the fullest extent his position will allow.
â€śIf there is a tool that I can offer Mr. Higgins in getting a company to come to Clay County, I will give him that tool,â€ť Davidson said.
Davidson says that he will build a legacy of transparency with his constituents if elected.
â€śI want to be in contact with the people,â€ť Davidson said. â€śThey will be able to reach me at all times to give me their concerns. I will lend my ear to them and help this district move forward.â€ť
Davidson says that part of moving forward is getting families back together and rebuilding the family structure in our community.
â€śIt takes family involvement, and it takes church involvement,â€ť Davidson said. â€śIf the churches are in tune with the youth, they can help them become better citizens. It takes families.â€ť
The bottom line for Davidson is that he says there is no politician and no party he will not work with.
â€śI will do whatever it takes,â€ť Davidson said. â€śI am for Clay County, and I will do whatever it takes to help Clay County grow.â€ť
Davidson joins a healthy list of candidates who are vying for the District 36 seat left vacant at the passing of David Gibbs in January.