Newcomer touts youth in District 10 commission race

Political newcomer Sean Frantom touts his youth and says Augusta leaders must be proactive by listening to residents.

Sean Frantom said he is seeking the Super District 10 seat to bring new ideas and action to address issues affecting Augusta.

"I'm running because the older generation has paved the way for us, and it's time for my generation to step up and continue that pavement with new ideas," he said.

It's also time for Augusta leaders to get proactive rather than reactive, he said.

Frantom has just been elected leader of the First Saturday Initiative, a volunteer work force that meets monthly to clean up and conserve the city. He has been asked to develop the Initiative's strategic plan for 2011 and coordinate the events with city departments. He said he plans to ask community organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club of Augusta, to come out one Saturday to work with the crew.

In representing the people in District 10, he will start by talking and communicating, he said.

"It's about connecting with your constituents," he said. "I've walked over 2,000 doors, and people just want to be heard. That's why I got into this."

The two key words in Frantom's campaign platform are "engaged" and "accountability."

"We've got to hold elected officials accountable," he said. "If they're elected, they need to serve people and not their special interests."

City department heads also need to be held accountable, he said.

"Let's set some goals for department heads," he said. "If they're not meeting the goals, we cannot be afraid to make changes. "

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