Forums planned for five seeking Augusta mayor's post

 

 

It’s a short election season, but Augusta voters have several more opportunities to get to know the five candidates seeking the mayor’s seat May 20.

Summerville Neighborhood Association is holding a forum for the five candidates at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 in the dining room of Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church, 1330 Monte Sano Ave.

Association President Mary Louise Garren said the organization has confirmed that four of the five mayoral candidates will attend the forum, to which the public is invited.

The five candidates on the May 20 ballot are businesswoman Helen Blocker-Adams, retired businessman Charles Cummings, state Sen. Hardie Davis, Augusta Commission member Alvin Mason and high school teacher Lori Myles.

The Augusta branch of the NAACP is holding a mayoral candidate forum and voter registration drive at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at Beulah Grove Baptist Church, 1440 Poplar St.

According to branch political action Chairman Renaldo Woolfolk, the candidates will take questions prepared in the political science departments of Paine College and Georgia Regents University, and those by Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce, neighborhood associations and audience members.

Turpin Hill Neighborhood Association is holding a forum for candidates at 6 p.m. Monday, April 14, at Carrie J. Mays Community Center, 1014 11th Ave.

Association President Belle Clark said all five candidates had confirmed they will attend the forum, which will be moderated by Barbara Gordon, the publisher of The Metro Courier newspaper.

A week before the election, Augusta-Richmond County Committee for Good Government will hold a televised forum for candidates, according to the organization’s president, Richard Isdell. The event will start at 7 p.m. May 13 at Julian Smith Casino Barbecue Pit, 3 Milledge Road, he said.

Augusta voters will elect a mayor and five district commissioners and decide a sales tax and bond referendum and numerous other local, state and federal contests May 20 in elections earlier than usual because of scheduling changes forced by the Legislature.

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