TEXARKANA, Texas — Two candidates filed to run for the Ward 6 seat on the City Council by last week's deadline and will face off in a special election Jan. 28.
Banker Jay Davis and real estate agent Mike Ingram filed by Dec. 19, making it a two-person race for the seat being vacated by Josh Davis, no relation to Jay Davis, who resigned to run for Bowie County tax assessor-collector.
Jay Davis holds a degree in business administration from Texas A&M University-Texarkana and is a mortgage loan officer with State Bank.
He has served on the board of trustees for the Pleasant Grove Independent School District, the TIRZ Advisory board, the steering committee for the "Renew Texarkana" comprehensive plan, the Harvest Texarkana board and the Texarkana Board of Realtors. He is a member of Leadership Texarkana's 2020 class.
Davis is the public address announcer for the Pleasant Grove Showstoppers drill team and Pride in Motion band. He and his wife, Kimberly, have two daughters.
A native Texarkanian, Ingram attended Texarkana College and the University of Texas at Arlington. He has more than 20 years of experience in the real estate industry, first buying and selling stores for E-Z Mart Corp. and now selling commercial real estate for NAI American Realty.
Ingram is president of Harvest Regional Food Bank and serves on the Four States Fair board of directors. He is a past president of CHRISTUS St. Michael Friends of the Foundation and past president of the Literacy Council of Bowie and Miller Counties.
Ingram's father, Bob Ingram, was Texas High School band director for 30 years, and his mother was an elementary school art teacher. He and his wife, Sylvia, have two daughters and a son-in-law.
Only Ward 6 residents may vote in the election. Early voting will be available at City Hall for two weeks prior to Jan. 28.
On the day of the election, there will be one polling place, the Pleasant Grove Middle School band hall at 5605 Cooks Lane. A different polling place used by some Ward 6 residents during county-run elections will not be used for the City Council vote.
Josh Davis announced his candidacy for tax assessor-collector Nov. 14. According to the Texas Constitution, the announcement meant he automatically resigned his seat on the Council, though he may remain in office until a successor is found.
Davis' term on the Council would have expired in November 2022. Because his unexpired term is longer than a year, the Constitution requires a special election within 120 days of his resignation. The election may not be held within 30 days of a general, primary or runoff primary election. In Texas, primaries for the November 2020 general election take place March 3.