Davis, Reed and Nunnelley win GOP Commission races
by Daniel Gaddy
Mar 14, 2012 | 1713 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Seven Republican candidates competed for three Walker County Commission seats during Tuesday’s primary election, and Bobby Nunnelley, Keith Davis and Davey Reed won their party’s nominations.

Davis will continue the race for District 1, which covers the Curry and Thach communities. In the November elections, Davis will face Jason Akins, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Reed will continue in the race for District 2, which covers the City of Carbon Hill and the Townley community. In November, he will face Democrat and incumbent to the District 2 office Dan Wright.

Nunnelley will continue in the race for District 3, which covers the towns of Cordova and Parrish.

In the November election, Nunnelley will face Democrat George Fitzpatrick Jr.

Davis, a local realtor, won Tuesday’s race with 1,913 or 58 percent of the total votes. His opponent, Patrick Suchey, received 1,408 or 42 percent of the total votes.

Davis said he is thankful for getting to meet the great people of his district.

“My first thought is that I’m humbled, and I’m also excited about getting back to work on the campaign tomorrow,” he said.

Davis, who also serves as the vice chairman for the Walker County Republican Party, said he is working on a plan for the first 90 days of his office that will focus on lowering the county’s unemployment and reducing the commission’s debt.

Reed won the District 2 nomination with 1,047 or 59 percent of the total votes, his opponent, Michelle Pendley, received 722 or 41 percent of the total votes.

Reed, a former football coach at Carbon Hill High School, said he hopes Pendley’s supporters will put their confidence in him during the November election.

He also said he appreciates all the people who came out to support him.

“There have been a lot of negative ads aimed at me and my campaign, and it looks like the negative ads didn’t work,” he said.

Reed campaigned on reducing the unemployment rate in Walker County and cutting down on the amount of trash dumped in his district.

Nunnelley won the nomination for District 3 with 847 or 50 percent of the total votes. In Tuesday’s election, Nunnelley faced Paul Ratliff, who received 391 or 23 percent of the votes and Josh Madison, who received 468 or 27 percent of the votes.

Nunnelley campaigned on building tax revenue by attracting industries to areas like Cordova, which he said is a prime spot for attracting businesses because of its proximity to Future Interstate 22 and the Warrior River.

Nunnelley said he is thankful for the confidence Republican voters showed in him on Tuesday as well as the hard work of his supporters.

“I want every one of them to know I appreciate them, and if they need me they can call me anytime,” he said.