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.