Super District candidates have different approaches

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 10:18 PM
Last updated Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 1:22 AM
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Marion Williams said his “calling to lead” continues after two terms serv­ing District 2 on the Au­gusta Commission. Har­old Jones said he wants to “make change” aft­er talking and writing about it.

Thursday's forum sponsored by East Augusta Neighborhood Association included candidates for district attorney, sheriff, probate judge, solicitor and Augusta Commission and school board.   SUSAN McCORD/STAFF
SUSAN McCORD/STAFF
Thursday's forum sponsored by East Augusta Neighborhood Association included candidates for district attorney, sheriff, probate judge, solicitor and Augusta Commission and school board.

The two men, each seeking the Super District 9 post on the commission, revealed different approaches to leadership during a forum Thurs­day at Eastview Com­munity Center, although both agreed that much of the district is overlooked.

“I don’t see the economic growth that everybody’s talking about,” said Williams, the outspoken pastor of Friendship Bapt­ist Church. “The haves are still getting, and the have-nots are still not getting.”

Jones, arriving late for the forum after teaching a class at Strayer University, said 56 percent of the district is below the poverty line: “In four years, that number needs to change, or you need to tell me to go,” he said.

Jones said he wanted to serve after years of advocating for change, even taking a stand against plans to build a baseball stadium downtown

“I want to finally start making some significant changes,” he said.

Both Augusta natives, the candidates dismissed questions about relieving gridlock on the 10-member commission.

“Just do what’s right, and you’ll stop the gridlock,” Williams said.

The forum, sponsored by the East Augusta Neighborhood Association, also included candidates for district attorney, sheriff, probate judge, solicitor, the commission’s District 1 seat and school board.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/11/12 - 11:22 pm
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Haves

From the story:

“I don’t see the economic growth that everybody’s talking about,” said Williams, the outspoken pastor of Friendship Bapt­ist Church. “The haves are still getting, and the have-nots are still not getting.”

Is he talking about Paul Simon and Riverfront LLC?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/11/12 - 11:26 pm
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Please, Please, Please

Please, Ms. McCord, tell us how many citizens attended this forum. From the photo it looks pretty pathetic.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 10/12/12 - 12:18 am
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Wow, did you watch the video LL?

Even when watching a total validation of my views, I find it hard to believe.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/12/12 - 05:21 am
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I wonder why there is no

I wonder why there is no mention of what the other candidates for other offices said?

F4therTime
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F4therTime 10/12/12 - 06:44 am
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The king
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Of gridlock thinks he can stop the gridlock? A vote for Williams means you like things just the way they are.

Tell it like it is
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Tell it like it is 10/12/12 - 07:35 am
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Election

Marion Williams ! Please tell me it isn't so. He forced his way to stay Mayor pro temp, now he has the gall to run again ? What a disillusioned man.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 10/12/12 - 08:13 am
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“I don’t see the economic

“I don’t see the economic growth that everybody’s talking about,” said Williams.

Is Marion WIlliams saying he wants another shot at using his position to benefit his son-in-law (or was his son-in-law just his proxy)? Are we going to have to fight the drag strip and Drag Strip Concessions thingy all over again? Or does Marion have another church he wants to sell to us for 5 times what it is worth?

Marion Williams was a crook and an embarrassmnt the first time around. The ONLY thing that got better under Marion Williams was Marion Williams. If the 9th district is dumb enough to want to listen to his babbling again then they can have him. He will fit right in with the reason our county commission is viewed as a joke by our surrounding counties and state wide.

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 10/12/12 - 08:15 am
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Marion Williams = O NO! He
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Marion Williams = O NO!

He did not represent Dist. 2 the way that it once was.

NO, NO, NO!

F4therTime
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F4therTime 10/12/12 - 08:36 am
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I would give...
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Some of these posts 50 thumbs up if I could

Tullie
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Tullie 10/12/12 - 09:48 am
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Just do what’s right, and

Just do what’s right, and you’ll stop the gridlock,” Williams said.

OMG, can you believe he said that? I mean, that is hilarious coming out of his mouth. I guess he thinks everyone has short-term/long-term memory loss around here...

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willie7 10/12/12 - 10:37 am
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A big Ole NO for Marion
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A big Ole NO for Marion Williams. Harold is a good candidate and will do well as a commission.
Vote for Harold!!!!

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