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If there ever was a good time in the life of resident Anthony (Tony) Davis to serve his community, he and his family and friends agree that time is now.
Davis, 35, is single, a businessman and a Republican candidate for Los Alamos County Council. He started his own company in October in downtown Los Alamos. Tessive is a design company and soon to be producer of accessories for professional movie cameras.
“Businesses do take a lot of time to start up but I’m a pretty hard working person and believe I will have the time to do both. One good thing about starting your own business is you can control your hours,” Davis said. “I’ve always been impressed in this county by how seriously people take their government and I want to do my part. I don’t expect to make a long career of public service but I do expect to serve for some time.”
Davis was born in Colorado Springs, Colo. He moved with his family when he was 12-years-old to Albuquerque. His father is an environmental safety and health coordinator at Sandia National Laboratories and his mother does integrated circuit layout for an Albuquerque company.
Davis first came to town to work as a summer intern at Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1996. He worked at LANL each summer until graduating with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. He returned to work fulltime at LANL in 1999 where he became a technical staff member.
Davis left the lab after 18 months to join HYTEC Inc. as its director of engineering. He resigned in October to start Tessive.
“I love living here and it’s a good place to start a company. It was good for HYTEC, not withstanding recent developments,” he said. “Not to say there aren’t always things that can be fixed up and the government should respond to that.”
Davis is pro business but said it should not be the role of government to take money from one group of people in the form of taxes for the purpose of giving it to another group – businesses – for their own personal use.
“It’s ethically irresponsible when the county government gets into the business of deciding which businesses to help out and then attaches strings to the money,” he said. “It’s corporate welfare.
“There are private entities that are in the business of funding startup companies; the government should not interfere or compete in this arena.”
There are better ways to encourage business in Los Alamos County, Davis said, adding that if the government concentrates on removing paperwork and taxation obstacles to small businesses, then they will sink or swim on their own, and ultimately be healthier.
The self-described conservative explained why he believes it’s important to serve in public office saying when one is conservative; the tendency is not to want to get involved with government at all.
“After all, the less we have to deal with government, the better, so public office normally doesn’t attract us. But if the only people who seek office are those who want government to create more programs and spend more money, then that’s what’ll happen, even if a majority of the people don’t really want that,” Davis said.
“So it’s incumbent on people who truly believe in properly run, yet limited government to go serve and to do so enthusiastically. Desiring limited government does not mean we hate government, but that we have a clearly identified understanding of the role of government – what it should and should not do. And what it should do, it should do well. This is especially true at a local level, where intrusion by government can become very personal.”
Davis lives in North Mesa with his dog Brandy, 6, whom he obtained from the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.
For more information about Davis and his stand on the issues, visit www.residentdavis.org.