Augusta attorney Brandon Dial on Wednesday became the first candidate to challenge incumbent Grady Smith for the Super District 10 seat on the Augusta Commission.
Dial, 31, said he was entering the race to bring change to the 10-member governing body.
“I think I am like most Augusta residents. I am tired of seeing what’s happening down at the marble palace - politicians who are in it for ego and self-service and not into public service. It’s time to have a new generation of people down there,” Dial said.
Dial, who is married with two children, said he wants to make the city a place they want to stay.
“I want this city to be a place where they can grow up, go to college and want to stay here,” he said. “We just need to see our city back in order.”
Dial also is a partner in Dial-Stalnaker Investments, which owns several properties downtown.
Smith, 66, announced his candidacy Wednesday at the future site of a south Augusta Chick-Fil-A he said is part of new economic development in the city’s overlooked south side.