Richmond Times-Dispatch - - GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2017 -

Af­ter the open­ing day of the 2017 Gen­eral Assem­bly ses­sion on Wed­nes­day, Davis headed out of Richmond to a meet-and-greet in Rock­ing­ham County.

“He’s do­ing what he needs to do to put him­self in a good po­si­tion for this lieu­tenant governor’s race,” said Del. Terry G. Kil­gore of Scott, a South­west Vir­ginia Repub­li­can who’s been talk­ing to Davis about find­ing new uses for coal. “Any of the three right now have a chance to win the nom­i­na­tion.”

Davis an­nounced his cam­paign in March, a few days af­ter Reeves and Vo­gel an­nounced. He pitched him­self as a busi­ness­man and jobs cre­ator, a mes­sage he’s stuck to since.

Davis started his first in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy com­pany out of his one-bed­room apart­ment in Vir­ginia Beach in 1999. He trav­els in an RV called “Mel­low Yel­low” be­cause of the color of its in­te­rior seats.

He served on the Vir­ginia Beach City Coun­cil be­fore his elec­tion to the state House in 2013 in District 84. He was re-elected in 2015 with­out a chal­lenger.

For­mer U.S. Rep. Tom Davis of North­ern Vir­ginia helped kick off Davis’s for­mal launch party in De­cem­ber in Vir­ginia Beach, call­ing the 43-year-old a bright, fresh face and a new gen­er­a­tion of leader fo­cused on busi­ness. Be­cause of that, he said, Davis could gain sup­port in North­ern Vir­ginia, where Repub­li­cans have had trou­ble win­ning votes.

The kick­off was at­tended by ma­jor play­ers in Hamp­ton Roads busi­ness and pol­i­tics. For­mer Gov. Bob McDon­nell, who as a state law­maker em­ployed Davis as his leg­isla­tive aide, showed up.

Davis, CEO of OnCall Tele­com, said he un­der­stands why peo­ple could view him as an un­der­dog and ad­mit­ted in an in­ter­view Thurs­day to a wonky fo­cus.


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