Davis, Assemblyman from the 48th district, was preceded by Mark Ridley-Thomas in that Assembly seat. Davis hopes to replace the termed-out Jan Perry. The Times had endorsed trial attorney Anthony Willoughby over Davis when Davis first ran for Assembly in 2006. Ridley-Thomas also supported Willoughby.
Davis, a USC alum, had a thorny position on Prop 8, abstaining on key votes, and was outed as gay in the fallout, but has not declared a sexual preference. Davis's press aide said at the time:
I don’t know. No, not that I know of. No, not at all. This is a very professional office and that is not something that would have come up. So I have never had any reason to think anything like that. I have no reaction – but it is surprising. But that’s a personal and private issue and to broadcast that in a public arena – I’m a little disappointed in Jimmie Woods Gray. It’s like John Perez [the openly gay Speaker of the Assembly]. That’s his personal opinion [ie to be openly gay]. This is something personal – for him for him to come out or not to – and it isn’t anyone else’s business.”But many in the gay and lesbian community did not agree. "Indifference for me is far more alarming than a YES/NO stance...To be in the dark with an assemblymen who knows how much value this issue has for us is painfully worse, and completly unforgivable. To be a gay assemblymen and want to tip toe your way around issues that face the gay community on a daily basis personifies every issue I have with politicians," one commenter said.