Newcomer touts youth in District 10 commission race

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

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

"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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MakeADifference
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MakeADifference 10/19/10 - 10:35 am
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Go Sean! Go Sean! GO SEAN!!!

Go Sean! Go Sean! GO SEAN!!!

Farmboy
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Farmboy 10/22/10 - 04:59 pm
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GOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGO!!!!!!!

GOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TonydeMedici
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TonydeMedici 10/31/10 - 05:10 pm
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C'mon, does any serious

C'mon, does any serious minded citizen actually think this young man as nice as he seems is qualified to represent Super District 10 on the commission? We have a VERY qualified candidate in Grady Smith who has actually run a business and understands what it means to meet a payroll and pay taxes. Do we really want a commissioner who has done neither? After all, he will be making decisions on taxes and supposedly trying to attract new business and manufacturers to Richmond County. On the job training has proven disastrous with our young President. Is that what we want for our county commission? Grady Smith is a solid "citizen servant" who has spent his entire life working and giving back to our community. He is 63 years old and not looking for a "political career." He just wants to give back to the community that has given so much to him. We have enough career politicians already. We need "citizen servants" who will give us the benefit of their experience (which Frantom lacks) to help our city move forward. Grady Smith is the only sensible choice for Richmond County's 10th District.

TonydeMedici
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TonydeMedici 10/31/10 - 05:10 pm
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C'mon, does any serious

C'mon, does any serious minded citizen actually think this young man as nice as he seems is qualified to represent Super District 10 on the commission? We have a VERY qualified candidate in Grady Smith who has actually run a business and understands what it means to meet a payroll and pay taxes. Do we really want a commissioner who has done neither? After all, he will be making decisions on taxes and supposedly trying to attract new business and manufacturers to Richmond County. On the job training has proven disastrous with our young President. Is that what we want for our county commission? Grady Smith is a solid "citizen servant" who has spent his entire life working and giving back to our community. He is 63 years old and not looking for a "political career." He just wants to give back to the community that has given so much to him. We have enough career politicians already. We need "citizen servants" who will give us the benefit of their experience (which Frantom lacks) to help our city move forward. Grady Smith is the only sensible choice for Richmond County's 10th District.

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that guy 11/01/10 - 03:30 pm
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For what it's worth, I don't

For what it's worth, I don't recall seeing any Frantom supporters posting comments on Sylvia Cooper's Grady Smith profile ripping Smith. Also, in what way is Sean Frantom a "career politician?" From what I can tell the man has never run for office before.

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Emerydan 11/01/10 - 03:38 pm
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Frantom is a Deke clone.

Frantom is a Deke clone.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/01/10 - 04:12 pm
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I can't figure out whether

I can't figure out whether Grady Smith is a Jimmy Smith clone or a Don Grantham clone.

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