There were no surprises Monday as 16 candidates who’d already announced plans to seek an Augusta elected office made it official Monday on the first day of qualifying.
According to Richmond County Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey, Augusta mayoral candidates Helen Blocker-Adams and Alvin Mason filed qualifying paperwork Monday.. Mason is an Army retiree and Augusta commissioner, while Blocker-Adams owns a marketing and consulting firm.
In the District 2 Augusta Commission election, Veterans Administration retiree Dennis Williams and businessman and pastor Cleveland Garrison qualified Monday.
In the District 4 commission election, college instructor Gwendolyn Watts and pastor Melvin Ivey filed qualifying paperwork.
In the District 6 commission race, Fort Gordon retiree Bob Finnegan, former county worker Roger Garvin, pastor Angela Harden and Urban Pro Weekly publisher Ben Hasan all qualified Monday.
In the Super District 10 commission contest, incumbent Grady Smith and attorney Brandon Dial each submitted their $360 fee and qualifying paperwork Monday.
For state court judge, both incumbents for two judgeships, Richard Slaby and David Watkins, qualified Monday, Bailey said.
In the school board races, pastor Frank Beckles filed his qualifying paperwork Monday for the District 2 seat held by incumbent Eloise Curtis. Incumbent Jack Padgett qualified to run for District 6.
No one had qualified in any of the other local May 20 elections, including Board of Education districts 3, 7 and 9 or commission District 8.
To qualify, candidates pay a fee and sign an affidavit stating they are qualified to hold the post they are seeking. Qualifying continues in the Board of Elections office during business hours through noon Friday.