Traina joins District 1 Augusta Commission race

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Denice Traina, an activist for peace and public transit, announced Friday that she will seek the District 1 Augusta Commission post this year.

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Traina, who will formally announce plans at 10 a.m. Monday at the Augusta Public Transit transfer station on Broad Street, brings the known pool of candidates seeking the commission seat to four.

She will join incumbent Matt Aitken, Harrisburg activist Lori Davis and former Laney-Walker Neighborhood Association President Stan Hawes in pursuit of the post.

A retired Peace Corps volunteer, Traina has a master’s degree in health education and is a former co-chairwoman of the Georgia Green Party and a certified beekeeper, according to her Web site.

She established the Harrisburg Community Garden, the first of its kind in Augusta, she said.

She was a co-founder of the CSRA Peace Alliance, which protests war and advocates for better care for veterans and better prison conditions, according to previous Chronicle reports.

She also was active with the Augusta Bus Riders Association, a group that was critical of Augusta Public Transit before the city’s decision to outsource the service to Mobility Transit.

Traina says on her Web site that she’d like to expand the bus service, create better public recreation opportunities and fight crime through community policing and Neighborhood Watch programs.

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raul 04/27/12 - 01:03 pm
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Wow, she would fit right in

Wow, she would fit right in the 60s. e.g. peace advocate, beekeeper, green party, prison reform advocate.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 04/27/12 - 01:09 pm
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Anything is better than the
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Anything is better than the sitting commisioners you have now...

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 04/27/12 - 02:25 pm
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i'm excited. great candidate
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i'm excited. great candidate for the people of augusta and district one.

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Conservative Man 04/27/12 - 02:49 pm
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Isn't this the same girl who

Isn't this the same girl who performed a Wiccan ceremony on the land where the garden is located which belongs to a Christian Curch?. Just wondering...

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 04/27/12 - 03:10 pm
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there have always been
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there have always been gardeners and beekeepers and prison reformers. they've always been made fun of, too. well, in a lot of circles they've been made fun of. there are people who don't mock that stuff.

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Conservative Man 04/27/12 - 03:17 pm
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I guess my point wasn't to

I guess my point wasn't to mock, just to question her judgement...If what happened is true, it makes you wonder about her judgment to do "pagan" ceremonies on land owned by Christians, who I would guess were NOT happy about it....
Secondarily, with the problems facing Dist. 1 a Peace Corp alum and a Green Party advocate doesn't seem like a strong candidate for that area....

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broad street narrow mind 04/27/12 - 03:33 pm
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i don't see why not. peace
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i don't see why not. peace corp alum and green party members are pretty capable and service-minded. i guess you're appealing to the people who like to dismiss anyone outside the realm of what's accepted in the commenters of this paper, but i don't think district one is exactly conservative or anti-peace or green. the silent majority wouldn't mind a bit, i don't think. of course, you may try to appeal to some religious hyped up outrage. that's unfortunate.

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Conservative Man 04/27/12 - 03:57 pm
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I don't disagree her resume

I don't disagree her resume proves she's capable and service-minded. I guess my greater point is maybe someone with a less "touchy-feely" background might be a better fit for a District that's had either corrupt people at the helm or in the case of Mr. Aitken a classic "do-nothing".
A more hard nosed type...but hey no one can say there aren't any choices this time around....

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raul 04/27/12 - 08:12 pm
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She is probably a nice lady.

She is probably a nice lady. I agree with Conservative Man that an assertive (the nice word for agressive) candidate is needed for District 1. I don't know Lori Davis personally, but if I lived in that District, she would have my vote. I was embarassed for Aitken when he voted to pass, I believe a budget issue, and wasn't aware that it involved reductions in personnel.

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David Hopper 04/28/12 - 12:24 am
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It was nice meeting with you

It was nice meeting with you on Thursday Ms. Traina. Good luck to you.

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Marthajan 04/28/12 - 08:04 am
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Denise would be a great rep

Denise would be a great rep for the area. She will be assertive when needed. It would be a welcome change to see some civility back in public life.

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sucram 04/28/12 - 11:57 am
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The bottom line is that Matt

The bottom line is that Matt Aiken has to go. He has not done anything but say we need to work together and let move forward while the majority of people in his district are suffering. We you don't have the time to read a budget to protect the taxpayer's money you must go.

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Augusta Gardener 05/06/12 - 01:58 pm
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Denice Traina fights for all,

Denice Traina fights for all, and does it with less drama & division than other candidates. As for how "tough" she is, she's spent years working for- and making progress on- issues that are less popular at first in parts of Augusta, and it takes a pretty tough cookie for that. Even when the problem is deep & wide she keeps on, winning folks over bit by bit with tenacity, hard work, knowledge, and strategic action. Her track record proves you don't have to be abrasive or divisive to get results, and the city is all the better for it. She'll be a great Commissioner!

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