Davis Is Elected Mayor of Paden City
PADEN CITY The voters chose Joel Davis as mayor-elect of Paden City, according to the unofficial results from the city’s municipal election. Davis defeated Clyde Hochstrasser 225 to 96 in Thursday’s election, which will be certified at a later date when the canvas is complete.
“I would like to thank all those who voted for and have put their faith in me. I also want to thank those who didn’t vote for me, for I will also be your Mayor,” he said. “I will do the best job I can, but I will also be calling on the residents of Paden City to help the community. With ownership comes pride. It’s going to take work, but I am ready to lead Paden City into the future.”
Davis, who ran on a platform of transparency, accessible and accountability, captured about 70 percent of the ballots cast for mayor and won all three wards. He garnered 69 votes to Hochstrasser’s 16 in the First Ward. Second Ward, Davis had 73 votes to Hochstrasser’s 40 votes. For the Third Ward, which Hochstrasser represents as a council member, Davis had 83 votes to Hochstrasser’s 40 votes. Third time was not the charm for Hochstrasser’s bid for election as mayor.
The canvas will take place June 7 and the official certification of the election results will happen June 10.
Davis begins his two-year term when he is sworn-in July and takes the reins of City Hall from Mayor John “Hoppy” Hopkins.
Three candidates all of whom ran unopposed were also elected in Thursday’s municipal election. Council members-elect are Tammy Parsons (First Ward with 70 votes); Ken Stead (Second Ward with 95 votes); and Susan Postlethwait with 94 votes. Six council members represent the city’s three wards.
Davis, 41, who was elected as Second Ward councilman in 2014, serves as a member of the Paden City Development Authority, Park and Pool Board, as well as the police, streets and finance committees. He has an associate degree of applied science in radiological technology. Davis is an active member of the Paden City Church of the Nazarene. He is married to Danielle Ice-Davis and they have two dogs, one parrot.