| William David "Davey" Edwards|
(Land surveyor; one of three unsuccessful opponents of Land Commissioner George P. Bush in the primary election
|Born|| November 10, 1970 |
Fort Worth, Texas
Resident of Alvord in Wise County, Texas
|Spouse|| Sonja Suzann South Edwards|
William David Edwards, known as Davey Edwards (born November 10, 1970), is a land surveyor from Decatur in Wise County, Texas, who ran an unsuccessful conservative Republican campaign for commissioner of the state General Land Office in the party primary held on March 6, 2018. The incumbent commissioner, George P. Bush, son of former Governor Jeb Bush of Florida, grandson of former U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush, and nephew of former President George W. Bush, lead with 58 percent of the primary ballots tabulated.
Edwards received both Bachelor of Science (1993) and Master of Science degrees from Texas A&M University in College Station and a Ph.D. in geosciences from the University of Texas at Dallas. A sixth-generation Texan and a native of Fort Worth, he is the vice president of Edwards Surveying in Decatur. His father, Tommy Troy Edwards (born January 30, 1946), is the company president. Edwards is also an adjunct professor of geology at Weatherford College in Parker County west of Fort Worth. He is an authority on boundaries changed by rivers altering their course. He is the chairman of the Decatur Planning and Zoning Commission, in which capacity he has defended private property rights against involuntary annexation. This was prior to legislative passage in 2017 of the new state annexation law. In 2017, Edwards successfully defended property rights along the Red River in a showdown in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
Edwards and his wife, the former Sonja Suzann South (born 1972), who married while both were TAMU students, reside in rural Alvord, eleven miles northwest of Decatur, where Edwards was reared. The couple has three sons, the oldest of whom, Ryan, is adopted and is a student of marine biology at the Texas A&M campus in Galveston.
Land commissioner race
in the running was Bush's predecessor as land commissioner, the former three-term Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, a Republican from Houston and Austin, Texas, who gave up the office to run in 2014, unsuccessfully, for lieutenant governor in a four-candidate field. That race was dominated by conservative Dan Patrick, who went on to win the nomination and the general election and is a candidate for re-election in 2018.
Edwards based his campaign not only on his experience in land management but as a defender of Texas history and culture, specifically The Alamo, which will be renovated under the "Re-imagine" plans formulated by Commissioner Bush. Those plans include the removal of the cenotaph dedicated to Alamo defenders from the battle on March 6, 1836. (Coincidentally, March 6 was also the day of the 2018 Texas primary.) Edwards opposes the Bush plan for the former Roman Catholic mission in downtown San Antonio which was toppled by Mexicans, with the loss of all 187 defenders. Edwards instead favors only needed maintenance of the structure.
Edwards announced his candidacy in March 2017, but few Texans apparently knew he was running. Edwards questioned why George P. Bush went to Coral Gables, Florida, for a fund-raiser while Edwards relied only on Texan donors for his campaign. Edwards said that he believes Bush considers the land commissioner's post a stepping-stone to higher office, whereas Edwards said that he would have remained land commissioner had he been nominated and elected.
Another anti-Bush primary candidate was Richard Lynn "Rick" Range, a retired educator and firefighter from Garland in Dallas County, who has spent twenty years in research on The Alamo and is writing a book on the topic. Range also opposes Bush's "re-imagine" campaign.
Edwards finished the race with 101,071 votes (6.8 percent), to 58 percent for Bush, nearly 30 percent for Patterson, and 5 percent for Range. Bush now faces the Democrat nominee for land commissioner, Miguel Suazo, an energy-industry lawyer who led in his primary race as well.
On his Facebook page, Jerry Patterson announced that he, Edwards, Rick Range, and David Watts -- all opponents of George P. Bush in the 2014 and 2018 primaries -- are supporting the Democratic nominee for land commissioner, Miguel Suazo, in the November 6 general election. An energy attorney, Suazo is a former aide to former U.S. Senators Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico. Patterson said that Suazo is committed to preserving the historical integrity of The Alamo and keeping the cenotaph in place. Otherwise, Patterson said he will vote straight Republican.
- Davey Edwards. Facebook. Retrieved on December 7, 2017.
- Alamo activist challenging Bush in Land Commissioner's race. Usnews.com (November 1, 2017). Retrieved on December 10, 2017.