Democrat Wendy Davis announces bid for District 14 congressional seat; will not seek a third term on the Rome City Commission this fall. Statement and analysis.

Democrat Wendy Davis announces bid for District 14 congressional seat; will not seek a third term on the Rome City Commission this fall. Statement and analysis.


Wendy Davis running for House District 14 seat in Congress.


Media release: Rome City Commissioner Wendy Davis announces she has entered the race for Congress in Northwest Georgia’s 14th District.

“We need a true Northwest Georgia voice for our communities in Washington,” said Davis. “I’ll focus on getting results for our families, not chasing national attention with
embarrassing, erratic conspiracy theories.”

While a Rome City commissioner for the past eight years, Wendy has cut “red tape” to help businesses thrive and promoted new tools to make city services more efficient and responsive. She’s a champion for sports as economic development and quality of life advancements and was instrumental in bringing professional baseball to Rome.

Davis’ years of service reveal her to be a leader who is never afraid to ask tough questions, and she is a determined advocate for neighborhoods and innovative ideas. Always committed to transparency, Wendy listens to citizens’ concerns and genuinely seeks active participation from all corners of the city.

“What matters most to me is making the lives of Northwest Georgians better,” Davis says. “It doesn’t matter where an idea comes from – if it’s good for our families, our
kids and our communities, I’ll work with anyone to make it a reality.”

Wendy is following her family’s generations long commitment to public service. Her late uncle, John W. Davis, represented Northwest Georgia in Congress for six terms; her
grandfather, John C. Davis, was a state legislator in the 1920s, and his father John P. Davis was a Floyd County judge over 100 years ago.

Commissioner Davis added: “We don’t need more obstruction and extremism out of Washington – it’s time to get things done again.”

In context: There was a time last fall when the Democratic challenger in the U.S. House race for the Northwest Georgia seat, Kevin Van Ausdal, dropped out for personal reasons, leaving the Republican challenger unopposed. An immediate push was made to put Wendy Davis on the ballot as the Democratic replacement but the timing was too late as the ballot had been set for Nov. 3. That didn’t stop a series of write-ins for Davis in the November vote plus Van Ausdal still received more than 25% votes cast in that race.

Seven months later — with a November 2022 vote in mind — Davis has time on her side. She’s announcing a formal bid for the congressional seat, as a Democrat, in a district that is saturated with Repubicans based on recent election results. A political insider who serves on the Democratic National Committee and has worked on state and presidential campaigns, Davis is ready for the challenge.

The Democratic side of the ballot already has drawn some contenders and Marjorie Taylor Greene is the Republican incumbent at this time (she had $2.16 million in her campaign account as of March 31). Davis is fine with that; she’s ready to run even as it means she’ll surrender the City Commission seat won eight years ago in another “can’t win” race. She did win and also was elected to a second four-year term helping represent Rome’s Ward Two. His congressional candidacy will take too much time so she will not seek a third term on the commission.

Davis’ intentions had been rumored for months but broke formal on Sunday when Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Stephen Fowler found this filing from the Federal Election Commission (click Davis). It shows Robin Holt, a Rome businesswoman who helped mastermind Tim Burkhalter’s early campaigns for sheriff, will serve as treasurer.

Other candidates declared to be in the hunt includes Democrats Lateefah Conner, Marcus Flowers and Holly McCormack as well as Republican Mark Clay. In 2020, nine Republicans and Van Ausdal were on the primary ballot for the seat vacated by Tom Graves. Greene won the Republican runoff vs. Dr. John Cowan in August.

Rome impact:

  • Davis is in the final year of her second term, representing Ward 2. All three seats in the ward are on the ballot; the other incumbents are Jamie Doss and Randy Quick.  Early word has it that challenges already were planned for all three seats. The seven-member Rome Board of Education also is up for re-election this fall.
  • Davis also is chairing the Special Committee on Housing, formed to help the community battle growing home purchase and rentals concerns. The committee meets again at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
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