Sias announces campaign plans


Former Augusta Commission candidate and neighborhood activist Sammie Sias will announce his candidacy Friday for the District 4 commission seat.


Sias, who fought to have his Sand Ridge neighborhood included in a single commission district two years ago, challenged incumbent Commissioner Alvin Mason for the seat in 2010. Mason is now term-limited and is running for mayor next year.

Sias will face an announced candidate, the Rev. Melvin Ivey, a retired post office manager who replaced Sias as president of Richmond County Neighborhood Association Alliance.

Others who have announced plans to run for commission seats include journalist Ben Hasan, for commission District 6, and Veterans Administration retiree Dennis Williams, for District 2. The district 4 and 6 incumbents are term-limited, as is Mayor Deke Copenhaver.

Candidates who have announced plans to run for mayor include Mason; Sen. Hardie Davis, D-Augusta; Helen Blocker-Adams; and Charles Cummings.

Davis, on Tuesday, invited supporters to an Augusta kickoff reception Nov. 19 at the Pinnacle Club. Tickets cost $250.

District 6 Commissioner Joe Jackson and former Commissioner Andy Cheek also have expressed an interest in the mayor’s race.

The District 8 and Super District 10 commission seats held by Wayne Guilfoyle and Grady Smith are also up for election next year.

Sias will announce his candidacy at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Jamestown Community Center, 3647 Karleen Road.

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