About Rusty

My love for our Town of Davidson runs deep. The Knox family established roots here in the 1700’s and I am proud of the contributions that my family has made over the years in agriculture, business, education and politics. I am particularly proud of my late father, Russell Knox, who served 12 years as Mayor of Davidson. As a native, I have witnessed many changes to our area over the years. The growth of Davidson and metro Charlotte has made our area a vibrant and attractive place to relocate, settle down and establish roots. The same growth has also created many challenges for our town, and our response to these challenges will define the future of Davidson.

I graduated from North Mecklenburg High School and have a Bachelor of Arts in Health & Physical Education and Parks & Recreation Management with a minor in Special Education from Pfeiffer College. All four years at Pfeiffer I was a left-handed pitcher on the baseball team. In 1994, I decided to join the family business selling real estate for Knox Realty, which is now owned by Allen Tate Realty. Over the years I have traveled every back-road around here looking for that "right" spot for clients to settle down. I am humbled to have been able to help many of our neighbors find a place they can call home. However, my service does not start or stop with my clients. I am a past president of Davidson Youth Baseball and an active volunteer with Ada Jenkins, Angels of ’97, Levine Hospice House, Hope House Foundation, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Breast Cancer Awareness, the Joe Martin ALS Foundation, the Cabarrus Arts Council, the Davidson Farmers Market, the Davidson Housing Coalition, Habitat for Humanity, REALTOR Care Day, Concerts on the Green and Christmas in Davidson.

Despite my family’s ties to local and state politics, I was not politically active until recent years when I became concerned over a growing number of threats to our town and our quality of life. I’m proud to be an outspoken advocate for preserving the character of Davidson. When Davidson began considering doing a public/private venture called the “Catalyst” project, I got engaged.  This would have destroyed historic downtown Davidson, turning it into something along the lines of Birkdale Village. After seeing what the town was proposing, I created a Facebook group called “Paradise Lost” and led a citizen activist group that successfully stopped the project and preserving the fiber of our beloved downtown.

Now I feel that  it is time to step up and serve Davidson in a bigger capacity. That is why I am running for mayor. Davidson is a special place to call home, raise children, and to retire. Davidson needs a mayor that is rooted and grounded within the fiber of the town and understands its history and will be able to maintain its integrity and core values.

I remain a proud resident of Davidson, and I have been happily married for 11 years to my wife Danielle. I have 3 children, 2 stepchildren, and 2 grandchildren.  In addition to my career in real estate, I have also  enjoyed a second career singing and performing music around Davidson and the Lake Norman region.