Businessman says his access to Atlanta can help county

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Grady Smith said he's running for the Super District 10 seat because he's had a stake in Augusta for 35 years and now has the experience to lend for its benefit.

Businessman Grady Smith says 35 years of experience have given him access to people in Atlanta that can help Richmond County.
Businessman Grady Smith says 35 years of experience have given him access to people in Atlanta that can help Richmond County.

"I feel like my experience in business over the last 35 years gives me the ability to discuss issues with prospective business owners, manufacturers and industry to move here and become a part of our community," Smith said.

Smith is a co-owner of Smith Brothers Mechanical, which employs more than 60 people.

"I was born and raised here, and I'm a taxpaying property owner, and I also pay taxes through my business," he said.

He also has been on the board of trustees at Augusta State University and served as past president of the Augusta Exchange Club, which sponsors the Georgia-Carolina State Fair in Augusta each year.

Smith was appointed by then-Gov. Zell Miller to the Georgia Construction Board and has been chairman of the plumbers' division since 1998.

"This, I feel, gives me access to people I've met in Atlanta in the Secretary of State's office and the House and Senate that can help Richmond County become what we want it to be in the future."

He said his main goal is to give something back to the community that has been so good to him and his family through the years.

"I promise to be accessible to everyone in Richmond County, not just those in District 10," he said. "When we travel and are asked where we're from, we say Augusta, Ga."

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Emerydan
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Emerydan 10/20/10 - 04:45 pm
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I like Grady. Frantom is

I like Grady. Frantom is nothing but a show horse.

TonydeMedici
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TonydeMedici 10/31/10 - 01:49 pm
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There is only one candidate

There is only one candidate in this race with the experience and character we need on our County Commission. Vote Grady Smith.

SlapShot2
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SlapShot2 11/01/10 - 08:20 pm
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Vote for Sean...seems like

Vote for Sean...seems like Grady only wants to talk about his taxes he pays.

TonydeMedici
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TonydeMedici 11/01/10 - 10:39 pm
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SlapShot That's a good

SlapShot That's a good "handle" for you. Did you forget that Sean Frantom has never paid taxes in Richmond County? I defiantly would prefer someone who actually pays taxes deciding tax policy that someone who uses the services others pay for while making those tax decisions for the taxpayers.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 11/01/10 - 10:46 pm
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What is Sean's motivation for

What is Sean's motivation for running? What is his agenda? All I've heard is a lot of platitudes about being young and energetic, but I have heard little in the way of "fresh new ideas." I agree with Tony, Sean strikes me as someone who just wants to be a politician. So he starts a social club for young professionals?? Sounds like a clique to me. What does Sean really stand for? and don't tell me "moving Augusta forward." that's a bumper sticker, not an agenda.

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