Paden City, WV – A registered Libertarian and City Councilman, Joel Davis is seeking the office of Mayor of Paden City, which straddles Tyler and Wetzel counties on the Ohio River, in a non-partisan election to be held on Tuesday, June 7. Davis currently represents the 2nd Ward of the City and was elected to that post in 2014.
“As a businessman and fiscal conservative, I know what it’s like to work within a budget,” says Davis, co-owner and manager of a family restaurant, Marv’s Place, in nearby Sardis, Ohio. “As a councilman and public servant, I’d rather see what could be cut in city spending instead of raising taxes,” he added.
In running for Mayor, Davis joins a rapidly growing slate of Libertarians across West Virginia seeking elective office this year. In addition to Davis’s candidacy in the Paden City municipal election in June, the Libertarian Party of West Virginia plans to field a full ticket of statewide candidates in November: David D. Moran of Preston County for Governor, Karl Kolenich of Upshur County for Attorney General, John Buckley of Hardy County for Secretary of State, Brent West of Wood County for Treasurer, Brent Ricketts of Jefferson County for Auditor, and Buddy Guthrie of Monongalia County for Commissioner of Agriculture. The Libertarian Party of West Virginia is now the third-largest political party in the state in terms of registered voters. Davis, however, is a trailblazer as one of the first Libertarians in West Virginia to hold current elective office.
He is a 1998 graduate of Muskingum Area Technical College with a degree in applied science (Radiologic Technology). His wife, Danielle (née Ice), is a life-long resident of Paden City and a librarian at the Paden City Public Library. With his mother, Sharon, Davis runs the family-owned Marv’s Place restaurant. He is active in the Paden City Church of the Nazarene, a former youth leader and former board member at the church. He is also a 1992 Eagle Scout and member of the Order of the Arrow, the Scouts’ National Honor Society. He counts scouting “as one of the most significant influences that helped mold me into who I am today.”
Davis believes accountability and accessibility are two of the most important criteria of a public official. Among various ideas to have local government serve the public even better, he wants to harness the features of technology via social media and live-streaming to put the business of the city council more completely in the public’s eye.
The Libertarian Party of West Virginia (LPWV) will hold its state nominating convention on Saturday, May 7, at the Sutton Days Inn and Conference Center in Flatwoods. The LPWV anticipates nominating a full slate of candidates for the six statewide races in West Virginia this year as well as candidates for Congressional and state legislative office.