Young father seeking Wilson mayor post in November

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With two young kids and a third on the way, Marqkeys Davis hopes his bid for mayor of Wilson will inspire others to reach for the stars.

“Why should I run for mayor? Why not?” the 26-year-old man said. “Everyone has a chance and I’m going to take mine. Win or lose, I’ll try.”

Davis said he plans to challenge Mayor Bruce Rose, who has held the post for 27 years following 30 years in the fire department.

“To be honest, I always wanted to be the type of person to make a change in Wilson because I see a lot of potential here,” he said. “There are a lot of things that need to be done. I’m not saying the mayor is not getting it done, but I want to do some things to bring the community together.”

Davis was born in Tarboro and relocated to Wilson about eight years ago. He said he hopes to enroll at Barton College, but currently is a full-time dad to his 2-year-old son and 8-month-old son. His fiancée has a third son due in August as well.

“Everyone says I’ve not got enough experience, but when you’re young, life is your experience,” he said. “As mayor, I’m going to use some of my life experiences and how I handled myself.”

Outreach to area youth is Davis’ first priority. He added that helping Wilson’s poorest and supporting the elderly are important to him.

“When, not if, I become mayor, my job is to do the best I can for the community,” he said, adding the $25,698 stipend for mayor would be his primary income. “I feel like being there for the people is a full-time job.”