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Community leader will seek District 1 seat

Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 12:48 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 2:12 AM
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A longtime president of the Laney-Walker Neigh­borhood Association on Mon­day became the first candidate to officially announce a run for the District 1 Augusta Commission seat coming open this year.

Stanley Hawes will run for the commission seat held by Matt Aitken.  File/Staff
File/Staff
Stanley Hawes will run for the commission seat held by Matt Aitken.

Stanley Hawes, 53, said he will bring his background as a lifelong Augusta resident, contractor and advocate to the commission.

“If you want something done, like the old folks said, ‘Do it yourself,’” said Hawes, who has never run for public office but serves on the Richmond County sheriff’s Merit Review Board.

Hawes, who led the Laney-Walker Neighborhood Asso­cia­tion for 19 years until 2009, said he has grown dissatisfied with District 1 Commis­sioner Matt Aitken for “different reasons” that include Aitken’s availability to communicate with constituents.

Hawes said he wants to restore a sense of community purpose to the commission.

“Everybody’s fighting everybody else’s agenda and nobody cares about a broad agenda,” he said. “Just because you have differences doesn’t mean you can’t work together for the betterment of the community.”

Hawes said he’s spent the past 19 years as a caregiver to his son, who has cerebral palsy.

“He was one of those that was going to have a chance,” Hawes said. “That was the focus of the last 19 years, that he had a chance at life.”

No one else has officially announced plans to seek the District 1 seat, including Ait­ken, who said Friday that he and his family were discussing his not seeking a second term because of the criticism and attacks he’s faced since taking office.

Qualifying for five commission and five Richmond County Board of Education posts coming open this year begins in May.

The date of the commission election remains undecided by the Georgia General Assembly, but it will be either in July or November.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/20/12 - 02:48 pm
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So Matt Aitken said Friday

So Matt Aitken said Friday that he and his family were discussing his not seeking a second term because of criticism and attacks he’s faced since taking office.

Well, Matt Aitken is no Harry Truman.

I wonder who the Cabal candidate will be?

David Parker
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David Parker 02/20/12 - 02:49 pm
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Buena Suerta Mr. Hawes. I

Buena Suerta Mr. Hawes. I like the part about fighting against agendas at the cost of the bigger picture. Make more sense to start with a broad plan and then keep to it rather than refocusing attention on single issues over and over.

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Willow Bailey 02/20/12 - 05:42 pm
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ahh, David, there are some

ahh, David, there are some single issues that must be addressed as many times as it takes to stop this run a way train wreck.

Government needs to stick to their purpose, both locally and nationally. The problem is these men are bored with purpose and are looking for adventure and personal gain at taxpayer's expense. We need some smart, fiscally conservative and responsible men and women who understand the job, and have the skills, morals and courage to do them.

david jennings
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david jennings 02/20/12 - 07:05 pm
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Government needs to stick to

Government needs to stick to their purpose. We need fiscally conservative and responsible reps who understand the job and have the skills, morals and courage to do them. How true, but unfortunately, those type people have a slim chance getting elected now days.

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