Saturn’s Repository recently learned that free speech advocate Phil Davison no longer serves in the Minerva Village Council. According to a brief mention in the Canton Repository in August, Davison, who just last year received the nickname “American’s Councilman” decided not to seek a fifth four year term to the seat. He could not be immediately reached for comment.
Davison, who had served in the council as a Republican since 1997, is best known for the passionate speech he delivered to the Stark County Republican Party while unsuccessfully seeking the party’s 2010 nomination for county treasurer. Though the speech likely made Davison the most well-known village councilman in the United States, Davison had informed Saturn’s Repository in 2013 that he suffered politically as a result of the speech. Continue Reading
Citizen Journalist Martin Olson, the man who videotaped Minerva Councilman Phil Davison’s inspirational 2010 speech, uploaded the full, official video of the speech to YouTube last week.
Olson, who operates the Stark County Political Report, which covers local politics in Stark County, Ohio, recorded Davison during the September 8 meeting of the local Republican Party Executive Committee, at which Davison sought the party’s nomination for County Treasurer. In his original posting of the video to the Huffington Post, Olson reported: Continue Reading
On September 8, 2010, while seeking the Republican Party nomination for Stark County (Ohio) Treasurer, Minerva Councilman Phil Davison delivered the following speech. Though Davison did not win the nomination that night, his passionate delivery went viral, leading to a media frenzy. Davison became the subject of countless news reports and interviews. Comedy Central placed him on the March 8, 2011 episode of Tosh.0, and Volkswagen cast him in its 2013 SuperBowl commercial. The speech also raised Davison’s political prospects. In 2012, he sought the highest office in the land, running for the Boston Tea Party‘s nomination for President of the United States. Continue Reading