No new qualifiers for Augusta Commission, Richmond County school board Tuesday

Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012 5:12 PM
Last updated 8:50 PM
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There were no additions Tues­day to the pool of can­didates seeking the 10 seats coming open on the Augusta Commission and the Richmond County Board of Education.

District 1 Commissioner Matt Aitken and District 5 Com­missioner Bill Lockett signed up to run again for their seats Monday, the first day of qualifying.

School board members from Districts 1, 4, 5, 8 and 10 also qualified to run again for their posts, with a single challenger in former commission hopeful Robert Cheek, who is running for the District 8 seat.

Challenging Aitken are former Augus­ta Green Party Chairwoman De­nice Traina, former Coliseum Author­ity member Bill Fennoy and city water treatment operator The­lonious Jones, all of whom qualified Monday.

According to city policy, Jones must take a leave of absence from his job until the election, Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey said.

Stan Hawes, the former Laney-Walker Neighborhood Association president who announced plans to run months ago and has campaign signs in yards around District 1, has not yet qualified. Announced candidate Lori Davis said Monday that she would not seek the post.

Also qualifying Monday were commission candidates Mary Da­vis, Ed Enoch and Cleveland O’Steen for District 3; Kenneth Ech­ols and Donnie Smith for Dis­trict 7; and Harold Jones and Mar­ion Williams for Super District 9.

Qualifying is held in the Board of Elections office at the Augusta Mu­ni­ci­pal Building, 530 Greene St. It ends at noon today.

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