Traina joins District 1 Augusta Commission race


Denice Traina, an activist for peace and public transit, announced Friday that she will seek the District 1 Augusta Commission post this year.


Traina, who will formally announce plans at 10 a.m. Monday at the Augusta Public Transit transfer station on Broad Street, brings the known pool of candidates seeking the commission seat to four.

She will join incumbent Matt Aitken, Harrisburg activist Lori Davis and former Laney-Walker Neighborhood Association President Stan Hawes in pursuit of the post.

A retired Peace Corps volunteer, Traina has a master’s degree in health education and is a former co-chairwoman of the Georgia Green Party and a certified beekeeper, according to her Web site.

She established the Harrisburg Community Garden, the first of its kind in Augusta, she said.

She was a co-founder of the CSRA Peace Alliance, which protests war and advocates for better care for veterans and better prison conditions, according to previous Chronicle reports.

She also was active with the Augusta Bus Riders Association, a group that was critical of Augusta Public Transit before the city’s decision to outsource the service to Mobility Transit.

Traina says on her Web site that she’d like to expand the bus service, create better public recreation opportunities and fight crime through community policing and Neighborhood Watch programs.