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Committee for Good Government releases endorsements

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 10:11 PM
Last updated 10:20 PM
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Augusta-Richmond County Committee for Good Government endorsed candidates Tuesday in four May 20 Augusta commission elections and the Democratic primary for state senate District 22.

Committee President Richard Isdell said the only endorsement which "really surprised" him was the group's 28-20 vote to endorse attorney Harold Jones over Augusta Mayor Pro Tem Corey Johnson for the senate seat, for which there are no Republican contenders.

Voting after each candidate had three minutes to speak to the crowd, the committee endorsed Veterans Administration retiree Dennis Williams in the commission District 2 race; neighborhood activist Sammie Sias in the District 4 election; former Richmond County Republican party chairman Bob Finnegan for commission District 6 and incumbent businessman Grady Smith for Super District 10.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/15/14 - 10:26 pm
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Dial

Little Lamb endorses Brandon Dial for super-district 10 commissioner of Richmond County. He's young, he has vitality, he makes sense.

Sitting commissioner Grady Smith is and does none of those things.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/15/14 - 10:31 pm
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Jones

Little Lamb agrees with the Committee for Good Government’s endorsement of Harold Jones for state senate district 22.

Corey Johnson is anti-business. He uses public opinion polls to set his policies. He blows in the wind. He won't even tell us what his day job is.

Butterman
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Butterman 04/15/14 - 10:41 pm
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Ha!

par for the course for this group. Funny that the only endorsement I agree with is the one that "really surprised" Committee President Richard Isdell, Harold Jones for State Senate. I concur with Lamb on District 10.. that one is a no-brainer... that seat should to go to Dial. He is young, articulate, and probably won't miss half the meetings like teh current commissioner. He has eloquently spoken out on why SPLOST should be defeated on may 20th. Grady Voted for it. Dial wants to strengthen city ethics ordinances... Grady wanted to weaken them. As for District 6, Ben Hasan will be an independent voice who will stand up the the downtown Cabal and truly represent South Augusta for a change.

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dotherightthing 04/16/14 - 12:40 am
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Dial

Seriously? They support Grady over Dial ?? Have any of these people ever attended a commissioner meeting and seen Grady in action? I guess if they had he probably wasn't there. His attendance is dismal which is better than his ability to be a successful commissioner. The meetings he does attend he spends with his feet on the desk, chewing and spitting tobacco, and falling asleep. At this event tonight he was visibly incoherent and noted that he should be reelected based on his record. Well, his record sucks. Dial spoke of family, goals, and what we can be doing better. Together. I'm in utter shock, especially after watching Grady mumble through his speech and then dart out the second the event ended. The other candidates stayed to talk to us and answer questions. He did not even take the time to grab his political signs from outside, which all of the other candidates did. I am utterly disappointed in the Community for Good Government's choice. But then again they seem to take the easy way out and vote for the incumbent. How unfortunate.

Butterman
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Butterman 04/16/14 - 01:22 am
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Nooooooobody

The fact that this group mostly endorsed tired, worn out good-ole boy incumbents should surprise "Nooooooooobody." Especially CfGG Chairman Richard Isdell. This groups is a joke. Why they keep getting the attention they do is beyond me. Probably half the people there didn't know where they were or what they were voting on.

Bulldog
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Bulldog 04/16/14 - 09:37 am
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Brandon Dial

Brandon Dial spoke with clarity and enthusiasm. He was the only candidate to actually present anything that resembled a platform. I have never met him before, but was very impressed. He is obviously very qualified and by far the best candidate for that seat.
The rest of the candidates (for all the seats) had nothing but fluff, generalities and hot air. Several of them were an embarrassment to themselves. One candidate was wearing a blouse so tight that the possibility of a "wardrobe malfunction" was a distinct possibility every time she moved. It was painfully obvious that some of these people were so ignorant that they had no business even thinking about trying to be part of the leadership of a major metro area. While too many of these candidates are glaringly subpar, there is still hope... A new administration and a revamped commission can begin to engage the real issues of Augusta Richmond County if enough of our citizens will provide them with the input and direction they need.

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corgimom 04/16/14 - 10:13 am
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Those endorsements mean

Those endorsements mean nothing, nobody cares who endorses what.

It used to be a big deal, now it's ignored.

Butterman
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Butterman 04/16/14 - 02:53 pm
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I blame the candidates

who show up for this farce. They only have themselves to blame. The endorsements have always been fixed. It's a waste of a candidate's time to show up for this unless they know they are the "chosen" ones

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