Columbia Councilman Sam Davis says he will not seek re-election

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After holding office for 23 years, Columbia City Councilman Sam Davis announced Wednesday that he will not be seeking re-election.

Davis is currently the longest-serving member on City Council. He was first elected in 1998 to represent  District 1.

During his announcement, Davis said, “I’m not emotional about leaving — it’s a good decision, it’s the right decision. If there is any emotion, it’s…because how I feel about the area I represent and the people I serve.”

He said he’s looking forward to spending time with his wife and exploring his hobby of blacksmithing.

North Columbia has been the dearest thing to my heart. But at the same time, I never neglected, never chose not to contribute to other parts of this city. No area is more important than the other.

Sam Davis

Davis said he will finish his current term, which ends Dec. 31, 2021.

After he leaves office, Davis said he plans to “ride off into the sunset.”

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