The race to replace Betty Beard on the Augusta Commission got a little less crowded Wednesday.
District 1 candidate Anthony Jones filed a notarized affidavit withdrawing from the race, citing personal issues. Richmond County Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey said its too late to remove his name from paper and electronic ballots, but notices will be put in mail-out ballots and posted at polling sites informing voters that Mr. Jones bowed out and any votes cast for him will be null and void and wont be counted.
An unemployed former health care worker, Mr. Jones, 35, rents a house owned by fellow District 1 candidate James Butch Palmer and located on the same block as Mr. Palmers residence in Harrisburg. Since qualifying to run, Mr. Jones had done very little campaigning, failing to respond to numerous news media inquires, not appearing at Tuesdays Augusta-Richmond County Committee for Good Government candidate forum and garnering no campaign contributions, according to paperwork he filed with the Board of Elections.
The other remaining candidates in the race are Matt Aitken, Bill Fennoy, JoRae Jenkins.