More candidates qualify for Richmond County school board, commission as filing ends

Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012 1:12 PM
Last updated 11:29 PM
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Two Richmond County Board of Education newcomers and an Augusta Commission challenger qualified for open seats before filing closed at noon Wednesday.

Business owner Lucien Williams and Augusta resident Christy R. Cunningham filed to run against 12-year incumbent school board member Marion Barnes for the District 1 seat.

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, was the final commission candidate to qualify. He will face Commissioner Matt Aitken and former Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Author­ity member Bill Fennoy, city water treatment operator Thelonious Jones and former Augus­ta Green Party Chairwoman Denice Traina.

The only other newcomer to the Board of Education race, Pq Corp. shipping manager Robert Cheek, qualified Monday to run against District 8 school board member Jimmy Atkins.

The remaining incumbents, Barbara Pulliam in District 4, Patsy Scott in District 5 and Helen Minchew in District 10, are unopposed.

Williams said he chose to run for the board to provide change and a fresh face to the education system in Augusta.

“(Barnes) was running with no opposition, and he’s done a fine job ... but if you’re running for a race you ought to have somebody to run against,” Williams said. “I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while.”

Williams, 57, the owner of Tax Man of Augusta, said he would like to see improvements in the public school system. He had a son graduate from the Academy of Richmond County, but he said his other son received a better education from Augusta Preparatory Day School, which is something he’d like to see change.

“There’s always room for improvement in Richmond County schools,” Williams said.

For the Augusta Commission, District 5 incumbent Bill Lockett will be unopposed.

Qualifying earlier this week were commission candidates Mary Da­vis, Ed Enoch and Cleveland O’Steen in District 3, where Mayor Pro-Tem Joe Bowles is ineligible to run again; Kenneth Ech­ols and Donnie Smith in Dis­trict 7, where Jerry Brigham is term-limited; and Harold Jones and Mar­ion Williams in Super District 9 to replace term-limited J.R. Hatney.

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/09/12 - 08:02 am
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apart from voting to spend someone else money,
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what do these "public servants" accomplish? their TV show is worse that C-Span. it looks like some sort of weird reality show. County Commission, School Board, DDA, DEA, RCSO, GRU are all reality shows. complimenting one another on a job well done fills most of the time. Children's games. Playing Government 101. Lets get the people involved. we hope these "live feeds" to do not make it out of the CSRA.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/09/12 - 08:03 am
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hilarious farce
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while the future generations well being is ignored. mindless, circular conversation to no end.

Concerned Tax Payer
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Concerned Tax Payer 08/09/12 - 10:07 am
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How can Barnes run again? He

How can Barnes run again? He has family working in Administration. I thought there was a law passed that if you had imediate family working for the school system you could not run for school board. I guess that does not apply in this case.

Shellman
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Shellman 08/09/12 - 01:16 pm
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District 1 is screwed either way
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You have 5 candidates. A communist..two outspoken racists.. and two who have IQs comparable to a piece of lawn furniture.

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