“He decided he could make the commitment. He and his wife prayed about it for some time,” Buxton said.
A formal announcement is planned at 5 p.m. Wednesday at The Legacy at Walton Oaks, 401 Fairhope St., off Sand Bar Ferry Road.
In recent months, Aitken said he was uncertain if he would seek re-election. Buxton said he made his final decision in the past week.
“He thinks District 1 needs his leadership. He’s going to keep making positive changes for Augusta,” Buxton said.
Aitken will join Harrisburg community activist Lori Davis and former Laney Walker Neighborhood Association president Stanley Hawes in the race.
Aitken previously said he was reconsidering a second term because of unwarranted public criticism of his actions by local media.