Tuesday’s elections will see only a few races in the Augusta area.
In the small municipality of Hephzibah, population about 4,000, incumbent Frank Godbee faces a challenge for his at-large commission seat from political newcomer Julius Lee Harris, Jr. Harris, 51, said he’s a retired Army veteran who became a full-time resident of Hephzibah 10 years ago. Godbee, 74, listed his occupation as “retired” and reported living in Hephzibah for 34 years on his qualifying affidavit.
In Grovetown, two council seats are up for vote with five candidates on the ballot. Incumbents Sylvia Martin and Vickie Cook are seeking re-election against challengers Allen Transou, Deborah Fisher and David Payne.
In Harlem, two council seats are up for election, sought by incumbents Danny Bellavance and John Thigpen, along with challenger Al Reeves. Mayoral candidate Roxanne Whitaker is running unopposed.
In Aiken, political newcomer Ed Wolz, who defeated incumbent Philip Merry in the District 6 Aiken City Council Republican primary, will face Democrat JoAnn Tillman Hooper.
Three other seats – Districts 2, 4 and 5 – will be on the ballot, but with only one candidate each (Lessie Price, Ed Girardeau and Andrea Neira Gregory, respectively). Those candidates could still face opposition from write-ins.