Campaign links: Michael Davis (R-WV-2)
Michael Davis Congressional Candidate West Virginia District 2
Biography of Michael Davis from Committee to Elect Michael Davis
“I’m Michael Davis from Elkins, West Virginia, and I’m running for West Virginia’s Second District Congressional seat against the Republican incumbent, Shelley Capito. I will be a strong candidate. And I intend to win.
Though my family was one of the poorest in the neighborhood, I was able to lead a rich life. I went to good public schools, there was a good public library there were public recreation programs in the summer. We didn’t have health insurance, but when I needed a hernia operation there was never a question that I would get the necessary operation. It was a safe cohesive community where my older sisters could ride me on their bikes to the public swimming pool. Violence, crime, and drug problems didn’t even seem to exist.
When I went to college, my family was not in a position to help me financially, (my father died when I was eighteen.) Since I received social security survivor benefits and worked, I didn’t have to take on any loans to go to college. I was fortunate to have supportive parents and siblings and a college experience that taught me how to set priorities, accomplish my goals. Getting an education has always been a stepping stone on the way to the American Dream. And in the 1960s it only cost $125/trimester to go to Ohio State University. That was because of government support. We all know that is not the case today. And it is a shame. In Congress, I will work to return government support to higher education so that once again you don’t have to start out in the middle class to end up in the middle class.
I graduated from OSU in May 1970 with a degree in English and teaching. That August my wife, Carol, and I moved to Baltimore where I taught eleventh grade English at George Washington Carver Technical School. Carol and I had done tie dyeing to supplement our income while at OSU, and after teaching English for a year, I decided that I would rather be self employed and dyeing cloth. And that is what I have been doing ever since. In 1973 Carol and I moved to a rural piece of property in Lewis County, WV. We were tired of city life, wanted to garden, live more affordably, be closer to nature, and make maple syrup. I didn’t know much about WV, its history, culture, or people, but I was soon struck by the natural beauty of this place and the warmth and resourcefulness of its people. My four children were born while we lived up that hollow. In 1990 we moved to the big city of Elkins, WV, population 7,000. I have my own business that I could take anywhere. But I choose to live in WV because of its supportive community, its authentic culture, its affordable life style, and its natural beauty. I am a West Virginian by choice, and it was one of the best choices I ever made.”