Last Updated on October 16, 2022
National File has learned that the Democrat nominee for Congress in North Carolina’s battleground 1st District, Don Davis, grossly mismanaged government funds as the Mayor of Snow Hill, NC. Davis spent years not bothering to comply with state audit deadlines and overspent government funds by hundreds of thousands of dollars.
During his years as the Mayor of Snow Hill, North Carolina, 2022 Democrat congressional nominee Don Davis ignored financial disclosure and government audit deadlines repeatedly. According to documents obtained by National File from his time as Mayor, Davis failed to get the town’s pertinent information to state authorities year after year, as required.
And he didn’t just miss the financial deadlines by days or weeks, but by months, and sometimes even years.
Information revealed in letters sent to Davis by state government finance authorities may shed light on why the then-Mayor of Snow Hill was seemingly so reluctant to comply with their requests.
In a letter from North Carolina’s State Treasurer dated January 27, 2006, Davis’s Town of Snow Hill government was chastised for not submitting their mandatory financial audit information until “well after” the October 31, 2005, deadline.
Additionally, the Treasurer noted serious signs of “financial weakness” in the town government. This issue was particularly related to the town’s water and sewer funds, which became a trend in the letters sent to Davis and Snow Hill over the course of his time as mayor.
“Sewer operations were over expended by $49,582,” the state reported to then-Mayor Don Davis.
In 2008, Davis was again scolded by state authorities over his financial mismanagement of the Town of Snow Hill.
“The town’s audited financial statements were not received by our office until March 3, 2008, well after the due date of October 31, 2007,” reads the Treasurer’s letter, before again addressing major financial issues with Snow Hill’s water and sewer funds.
“The water fund and the sewer fund each operated at a net loss,” the state’s letter reads. “Charges exceeded actual revenues by $147,782 and $122,332 respectively,” it went on to say.
Additionally, the state reported in the letter that “in several funds, certain expenditures were made in excess of appropriations authorized by the budget ordinance.”
Aside from the rampant overspending of government funds and a steady stream of filing deadline violations, Davis was criticized by state authorities as Mayor of Snow Hill for his local government’s failure to properly collect taxes. Their performance was so bad in fact, that another letter from the state recommends that Davis sign his local tax collector up for training courses at the University of North Carolina.
National File reached out to Don Davis for comment on his financial mismanagement of the Town of Snow Hill, NC, but received no response.
Read the state’s letters to Don Davis HERE
Despite his financial mismanagement as Mayor, Davis was given a promotion by the voters and joined North Carolina’s State Senate after the 2008 election. Throughout his time in Raleigh, Davis’s political positions have shifted steadily toward the far left.
The hand-picked successor of longtime Democrat incumbent G.K. Butterfield, he’s now the Democrat nominee for the U.S. Congress in the battleground 1st District.
In the 2022 mid-terms, Davis is facing America First Republican nominee Sandy Smith. Smith has been endorsed by 45th President Trump and, with a groundswell of grassroots support, appears poised to flip the long-blue seat into Republican hands. According to recent polling data, the race has shifted from “toss-up” territory to now leaning Republican.