Nathan Davis, the 38-year-old operations manager of a regional HVAC business, is the first qualified candidate for the Alabama House of Representatives seat vacated by Jim Barton last week. District 104 constituents may remember Davis running against Barton three years ago, garnering more a third of the vote.

“I’m running for the exact same reason I ran last time,” he said. “I’m seriously worried about the future of my children and our country. I’m an optimist and a realist. I cannot ignore Washington and the national debt and as a state representative, you should represent voters of 104 and the state of Alabama. I’m a big believer in the 10th Amendment and Constitution and it’s going to be my priority to do as much as I can to refute federal mandates and intrusions in our lives.”

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Davis spoke specifically of welfare reform and said he would like to introduce a bill similar to one in Florida which would impose drug testing on welfare recipients. He said he would also prioritize a solution to stabilize and reduce coastal homeowners insurance.

“We need to send really good people who can negotiate but be unbreakable when the time comes and be able to make hard decisions and stick to their guns,” he said.

Davis, a native and near lifelong resident of Tillman’s Corner, is married to Svitlana Davis, with whom he has a 21-month-old son, Alex. He has another son, 13-year-old Ethan, from a previous marriage.

Davis has a degree in history and political science from the University of Mobile. He was a congressional intern for Sonny Callaghan in Washington D.C. in the summer of 1994 and is a member of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.

For the past 10 years, Davis has worked in the HVAC industry, including the last three-and-a-half for Mingledorff’s, Inc. where he manages nine stores in Mississippi, Florida and Alabama.

In his campaign against Barton in 2010, Davis raised just $1,000 but received 33 percent of the vote and attributed that showing to his willingness to get out, knock on doors and engage people.

“I live in a 1970s blue collar home and I’m just trying to live day-to-day like everyone else,” he said. “I’m not wealthy but I’m not starving or not insulated from real world.”

More information about Davis’ campaign is available here.

A special primary election will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15, or in the event that a special primary election is not necessary because the major parties only have one candidate, a special general election will be held Dec. 10. If necessary, a special primary runoff election will be held Tuesday, Dec. 3.

If a special primary runoff election is not necessary because one candidate receives a majority of the votes in the special primary election, the special general election will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 10. If a special primary runoff election is required, the special general election will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Major political party candidates for the seat must qualify by 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19. Third-party, independent and minor party candidates must file with the Secretary of State by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Updated Aug. 15 to clarify details about Davis’ personal and professional background.