Paul Davis was a journalist, PR practioneer and a professional communicator. I met him while he was the managing editor at The Citizen Newspaper for Bill Garth. He went to the Citizen straight from college. Harold Washington hired him to serve as press secretary for his congressional office. He was the youngest member of his cabinet.
He loved politics. He was a strategist and was highly sought after during campaign time by many elected officials and candidates. He was always friendly and straightforward. He was quite the professional guy willing to give a helping hand. He was Vice President of Danielle Ashley Advertising and Public Relations, Vice President of Human Resources Developing Institute and served as General Superintendent of the City of Chicago Bureau of Forestry.
He was a political writer for NDIGO. His best story for us was on Barrack Obama in March 2003. He wrote about the young senator with his eye on national politics.
Paul’s father, John W. Davis gave him the political bug. He worked for the late John Stroger and was the chief officer of real estate for the county. The entire Davis family worked diligently to elect Harold Mayor City of Chicago from fundraising to press releases. He was active in his church, Stony Island Church of Christ.
At the time of his death he was the President of First Trace Communications. Many politicians owe him gratitude of debt. He loved campaigns. Politics was his passion. He worked successful for the likes of Congressman Danny Davis, Dan Hynes for governor, mayoral campaigns of Dorothy Brown, Bob Fioretti and Rev. Paul Jakes.
He was a community activist, always ready for a good fight and a good cause. He will be missed. We lost a good guy.