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Davis leads in mayor's campaign money race

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 9:23 PM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 8:34 AM
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State Sen. Hardie Davis has an early fundraising lead over Commissioner Al­vin Mason in the Augusta mayor’s race.

Davis reported $62,205 raised, including a $18,000 loan to himself, in campaign filings. Mason reported $22,656, which included $2,657.17 in personal loans. Davis can’t accept contributions while the Leg­is­lature is in session, and it opens Monday.

The other two announced candidates, entrepreneur and community advocate Helen Blocker-Adams and businessman Charles Cummings, missed Wednesday’s deadline for filing campaign finance reports, according to the Georgia Govern­ment Transparency and Cam­paign Finance Commission Web site, which showed each owing a $125 fine.

Several of Davis’ largest donors hailed from outside Augusta, with $2,500 apiece from Atlantans Roy Robinson, the chairman of the Georgia Cham­ber of Commerce’s government affairs council, and Graham Thompson, a health care and telecommunications lobbyist. Brian Dennis of Fay­ette­­­ville, Ga., who is with the Dem­­ocratic National Com­mit­tee Services Corp., also gave $2,500.
He also received $2,500 contributions from his father, Har­die Davis Sr.; Augusta architects Christopher Booker, Nick Dick­inson Sr. and Nick Dick­inson Jr.; and $2,000 from Augusta businessman James Oden. Oden’s wife, businesswoman Melissa Oden, gave $2,200 to Mason.

Mason garnered his two other largest contributions from Pasadena, Calif., donors – $2,500 each from Jacobs Good Government Fund, an engineering political action committee, and businessman Tod Short.

Mason, a two-term commissioner, received several contributions from employees of companies that do business with the city, including $1,000 each from consulting firm ESG Operations and Dennis LaGatta, a vice president of Heery International, and $300 from Total Systems Commissioning.

After expenditures, Davis had $35,822.73 on hand to Ma­son’s $6,544.76.

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bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 01/10/14 - 04:57 am
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An$18,000 loan to one self.

An$18,000 loan to one self. Boy that Mayor's job must really be special to have.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/10/14 - 07:23 am
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Davis vs. Russell

If the blacks divide their votes between a few candidates, Russell has a shot at winning 51% of the vote in the primary. There is the Deke example. I predict he will come close, but lose in a run-off to Davis. It will be interesting after Russell announces to see what kind of funding he receives and from whom. I wonder if the Democratic National Committee will give HIM anything?

GACopprhed
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GACopprhed 01/10/14 - 08:21 am
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I will vote for Russell, just
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I will vote for Russell, just to put him in a position to poke Marion Williams...arguably the worst commissioner since Moses Todd.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/10/14 - 08:59 am
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GAC, I thought Moses was an

GAC, I thought Moses was an honest man and a straight shooter. One of the best. Maybe it's just me.

teaparty
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teaparty 01/10/14 - 10:03 am
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Augusta will be another
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Augusta will be another Detroit in 10 yrs

my.voice
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my.voice 01/10/14 - 10:31 am
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I have a question - Why would

I have a question - Why would a senator want to be Mayor of Augusta?

jwilliams
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jwilliams 01/10/14 - 10:45 am
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On another note, some people

On another note, some people were wondering where Corey “Because I’m Great” Johnson (his own words, not mine) had gotten the idea about his “COLLEGE ROW” project. From the Augusta Chronicle, 2014, Johnson said he has been working “for the past three years” on a plan to create a mixed-use and entertainment district for college students. The district would bridge the merged Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences campuses, Paine College and Harrisburg, where the city has proposed creation of a mills campus for the new Georgia Regents University. Based on his current campaign finance report submission to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, it is now obvious who gave “THE GREAT ONE” this idea, and it also shows who he will be representing under the golden dome, and it won’t be the voters of district 22.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 01/10/14 - 11:29 am
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Let the fun begin.

Let the fun begin.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/10/14 - 12:51 pm
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Jwilliams, Heery?

Jwilliams, Heery?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/10/14 - 12:57 pm
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I wonder what the odds are of

I wonder what the odds are of the other black candidates dropping out and unifying behind Davis?

jwilliams
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jwilliams 01/10/14 - 02:15 pm
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ZERO!

ZERO!

internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 01/10/14 - 02:21 pm
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Moses Todd

An honest man.

internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 01/10/14 - 02:22 pm
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Correlation

TeaParty - because of black leaders???

smh.

teaparty
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teaparty 01/10/14 - 03:36 pm
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"TeaParty - because of black
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"TeaParty - because of black leaders???"
No, because of democrat/progressive leaders no matter what color their skin.
There are a lot good black leaders but Augusta does not seem to want to elect any of them. Augusta likes the Charles Walker type.

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G'ment Watcher 01/10/14 - 04:04 pm
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Suspicious

I'm always suspicious as to why out of towers take an interest in the Augusta Mayors race. They must want something in return. I also don't understand why Davis is trying to take a step backwards from a job where he has some influence to a ribbon cutter and gavel banger without even a vote if there's not a tie. Maybe he knows something we don't and Augusta will switch to a strong Mayor and a weak commission. That would certainly be better for all of us.

internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 01/10/14 - 07:21 pm
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Tea party, that was an honest

Tea party, that was an honest question. Thanks for the honest answer.

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