Donnie Smith, a lieutenant with the Georgia State Patrol, on Tuesday became the second candidate to announce his run for the District 7 Augusta Commission seat.
Smith, who made the announcement at the Augusta Judicial Center and John H. Ruffin Jr. Courthouse, previously served seven years as a Richmond County sheriff’s investigator and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Leadership Georgia, according to a news release.
“I will work hard for District 7 and I will do whatever it takes to help the commission work together and move all of Augusta-Richmond County into a brighter future,” said Smith, who also serves on Augusta’s personnel board.
He joins former three-term Richmond County school board member Kenneth Echols in pursuing the District 7 seat. Echols announced his intentions last year.
Commissioner Jerry Brigham, who is ending two consecutive terms as the District 7 commissioner, is term-limited from running again this year.
Qualifying for five commission posts coming open this year begins in May.