District 6 to be five-way race for commissioner's seat

Augusta Commission District 6 will be a five-way race, and the consolidated government is almost certain to have its first elected black mayor with the close of candidate qualifying Friday.

Joining the District 6 post Friday was Tony Lewis, a Paine College graduate and Savannah River Site employee. Lewis ran for the commission in 2007, losing to Commissioner Joe Jackson.

Lewis joins four others – Bob Finnegan, Roger Garvin, Angela Harden and Ben Hasan – in seeking the south Augusta post held by Jackson, who is term-limited.

No one else qualified for mayor, five commission posts, five school board seats or two judgeships on the fifth day of local qualifying in the Richmond County Board of Elections office.

With the only announced white mayoral candidate – former District 1 Commissioner Matt Aitken – withdrawing from the race Thursday, Augusta will likely have its first elected black mayor since consolidation with Richmond County in 1996.

Elections for the posts will be May 20, except for the school board, which will be Nov. 4.

Candidate qualifying ends in Georgia with few surprises
6 more qualify to seek Augusta offices

Mayor of Augusta

  • Helen Blocker-Adams
  • Charles Cummings
  • Hardie Davis
  • Alvin Mason
  • Lori Myles

Augusta Commission District 2

  • Cleveland Garrison
  • Dennis Williams

Augusta Commission District 4

  • Melvin Ivey
  • Tomasenia Jackson
  • Sammie Sias
  • Gwendolyn Watts

Augusta Commission District 6

  • Bob Finnegan
  • Roger Garvin
  • Angela Harden
  • Ben Hasan
  • Tony Lewis

Augusta Commission District 8

  • Wayne Guilfoyle

Augusta Commission District 10

  • Brandon Dial
  • Grady Smith
  • State Court Judge
  • Richard Slaby
  • David Watkins

Richmond County Board of Education District 2

  • Frank Beckles
  • Monique Braswell
  • Charlie Hannah

Richmond County Board of Education District 3

  • Alex Howard

Richmond County Board of Education District 6

  • Jack Padgett

Richmond County Board of Education District 7

  • Frank Dolan

Richmond County Board of Education District 9

  • Venus Cain
  • James Swanagan


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