The deadline to qualify for the March 12 special election set to fill the vacant seat in House District 36 is fast approaching.
Six candidates have now declared their intent on taking that seat, and five are from Clay County.
The latest to declare is Bobbie Coggins-Davis, who describes herself as family-centered and a servant of the people.
â€śMy time has come and the season is presenting itself for me to once again serve you, the people,â€ť Coggins-Davis said in a statement released last week to the Daily Times Leader. â€śTherefore, it is my time to come together and heal for the betterment of our area. It is with this conviction that I now begin my quest to once again enter into public office. I have been preserved for such a time as this.â€ť
Coggins-Davis says that her previous work in public service came to a complete halt in October, 2007 when she was charged with embezzlement.
â€śFor three years I stood never wavering nor bending to the situation that had come against me,â€ť she said. â€śI learned upon my faith to see through this time period of my life.â€ť
Coggins-Davis says that it took three whole years to exonerate herself in a court of law.
â€śI was officially found not guilty by a jury of my peers on all chargges,â€ť she said of the October, 2010 ending to her trial. â€śTo God, I give the glory.â€ť
Aside from her faith, Coggins-Davis says she never wavered from being the wife, mother and grandmother she was called to be, even in the darkest moments.
â€śI have enjoyed the pleasure that comes from serving others all my life, giving me the experience to know and understand people in various ways, whether good or bad,â€ť she said this week.
Coggins-Davis says she plans to serve the entire district fairly and equally.
â€śI want the voters of Clay, Lowndes and Monroe to know that I will continue to provide services in a Christian manner,â€ť Coggins-Davis said. â€śI will be dedicated to my job of serving the people of these counties. I would greatly appreciate your votes to continue the honest and fair work held within this office.â€ť
Davis is a member of Union Star M.B. Church and has served as Youth Director, senior choir member and the presenter of announcements.
She served for eight years with the Clay County Circuit Clerkâ€™s office and 10 years as Deputy Clerk.