Heidi Davison

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Honorable
Heidi Davison
Mayor of Athens, Georgia
In office
January 7, 2003 – January 4, 2011
Preceded by Doc Eldridge
Succeeded by Nancy Denson
Personal details
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Al Davison [1]
Residence Athens, GA
Alma mater University of Georgia [2]
Profession Educator
Website [1]

Heidi Davison is a politician from Georgia, U.S., and is the former mayor of Athens, Georgia. She is a member of the Democratic Party.

Background[edit]

Davison attended the University of Georgia and received a B.S.Ed in Elementary Education and M.Ed in Middle School Education.[3] Before becoming mayor, Mrs. Davison worked as an Elementary and Middle School Language Arts teacher from 1975 till 1989.[4] She then worked as manager of Alan Campbell Studios, an art studio and gallery in Athens, Georgia, from 1992 until 1998. From 1999 until 2001, she was the Project Direct of the Senior Leadership Academy, and Athens Area Council on Aging.[5] Davison served as the Director of Leadership Athens from 1996 until 2001, and a Leadership Development Associate for the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership from 1999 till 2002.[6]

Political career[edit]

Davison served as the Unification Commission Executive Secretary, in the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, on the SPLOST '94 Citizen's Panel, the SPLOST Advisory Committee, as well as managing and volunteering for several local, state and national political campaigns.[7] Additionally, she was a School Board candidate in 1993.[8]

Mayor[edit]

In 2002, Davison was elected to a 4-year term as Mayor of Athens, Georgia. As mayor, Davison pushed for stronger natural resource protection, more public safety officers, stronger neighborhood protection, and citizen participation.[9][10]

Davison was elected to a second term in 2006.[11] On January 2, 2007, Mayor Davison was sworn in for her second term as the Mayor or Athens.[12] As mayor, Heidi Davison presided over the largest increase in overall poverty rates in Athens' history.[13] [14]

Mayor Davison was term-limited under the Unified Government's charter, and therefore prohibited from running for reelection in 2010. When her term expired on January 4, 2011, she was succeeded by Nancy Denson, the former Clarke County Tax Commissioner.

Personal life[edit]

Heidi Davison is married to Al Davison.[15]

Electoral history[edit]

Mayor of Athens Democratic Primary, 2002 Threshold > 50%

First Ballot, August 20, 2002 [16]

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Heidi Davison Democrat ≈45% Runoff
Doc Eldridge Democrat ≈41% Runoff
Richard DeRose Democrat ≈10% Defeated
Eric Krasle Democrat ≈4% Defeated
Others n/a 1% Defeated

Second Ballot, September 10, 2002 [17]

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Heidi Davison Democrat 57% Elected
Doc Eldridge Democrat 43% Defeated

Mayor of Athens, 2002

Threshold > 50%

First Ballot, November 5, 2002 [18]

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Heidi Davison Democrat 100% Elected

Mayor of Athens, 2006

Threshold > 50%

First Ballot, November 8, 2006 [19]

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Heidi Davison Democrat ≈48% Runoff
Charlie M. Maddox Unavailable ≈30% Runoff
Tom Chasteen Unavailable ≈24% Defeated
Richard DeRose Democrat ≈1% Defeated
Others n/a 1% Defeated

Second Ballot, December 5, 2006 [20]

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Heidi Davison Democrat 55% Elected
Charlie M. Maddox Unavailable 45% Defeated

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