A Prichard entertainer who has released several music videos on YouTube is seeking the city’s top office.
Reginald D. Davis, a 13-year Army veteran with tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, wants to prove to residents he is a serious candidate for mayor, despite his internet persona. Going by “Mr. Autobahn” and appearing in sexually explicit videos for songs titled “Married to the Game” and “Side Chick,” he knows it’ll be tough to shake the perception in the minds of some.
“I’m in entertainment,” he said. “I do fear that people aren’t taking me seriously.”
Davis, who is originally from the Trinity Gardens area of Mobile, said when he returned home in 2014 and moved to Prichard, he immediately noticed a difference between the two cities.
“When I came home I looked at Mobile and Prichard,” he said. “Mobile was more established. Prichard was a majority Black city that was failing.”
Since moving, Davis said he has invested “totally” in Prichard, creating a 21-acre farm and opening a short-lived go-kart track. It was the farm and go-kart track that gave Davis one of his first tastes of municipal government, and it wasn’t a good one.
“The land was zoned residential and I applied to rezone it [commercial],” he said. “I ran into issues.”
After his rezoning application was denied, Davis appealed it to Mobile County Circuit Court. He argued the case himself, lost and then, due to a mix up with an attorney, missed the deadline to appeal it further.
While he understands the zoning issue, Davis said he only wanted to give children in the city activities to do. He said students take field trips to working farms and a go-kart track was just supposed to be an added amenity.
“I think it would improve the community,” he said.
Davis wants the city to find its own identity, and argued it is still being run by ordinances in place when Prichard was a majority White city. Many of the city’s buildings from that era are still standing.
“Every administration comes in with a different agenda, but no one has a plan to move the city forward,” he said. “We’ve got to move forward.”
As for current city issues, Davis wants the Prichard Water Works and Sewer Board to dig wells and allow the city to produce its own water, rather than buy its supply from the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System.
As mayor, Davis said his administration would be more proactive in securing federal grants for “innovative” ideas.
“We miss out on so many opportunities,” he said.
As for the $4 million Regions loan Mayor Jimmie Gardner used to buy garbage trucks, fire trucks, police vehicles and other equipment, Davis said taking out a large loan won’t help the city in five years when those vehicles need proper maintenance.
“It’s just another bill,” he said. “Use the money and invest it to help the economy. We’ve really got to deal with the economy.”
In addition to his other endeavors, Davis owns a record label called Autobahn Records and has signed six artists, he said.
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