Despite announcing Thursday that she was suspending her Augusta mayoral campaign, Helen Blocker-Adams hasn’t formally withdrawn from the race and remains a viable candidate.
Blocker-Adams had not filed the notarized affidavit required to officially withdraw her candidacy by the end of business Friday at the Richmond County Board of Elections.
If she does not file her intent to withdraw before Tuesday’s election, “she is a candidate like everyone else, treated like everyone else,” said Travis Doss, the assistant elections director.
That means if Blocker-Adams garners sufficient votes, she could win outright or head into a July runoff with one of the four other candidates. About 2,600 advance ballots were cast before news of her unpaid bills and numerous eviction notices surfaced Tuesday,
“There will be nothing different in counting her votes at this point,” Doss said.
Should she formally withdraw, all votes for her will be null and void and voters will be notified by signs at each polling place Tuesday that she is no longer in the race.
Blocker-Adams suspended her campaign after revelations that she owed creditors and bill collectors for years and as much as $70,000 on Aiken County court judgments from more than a decade ago.
Blocker-Adams and her campaign manager, Pam Wilkins, have not answered repeated inquiries about whether she will formally withdraw.