Voters in Augusta’s District 1 return to the polls today to decide who will represent them on the Augusta Commission.
Commissioner Matt Aitken faces a runoff challenge from Bill Fennoy, a retired health educator with the Richmond County Health Department, after none of four candidates received 50 percent of the vote in last month’s election.
Aitken surprised many three years ago when he defeated Fennoy in a runoff and became the first white person since consolidation in 1996 to represent the 65 percent black district.
Aitken has campaigned on unity and downtown development, while Fennoy has campaigned on aid for blighted and impoverished areas of the district.
Aitken said he attended a final event Monday afternoon at St. John’s Towers, a senior citizen apartment complex.
“We’ve accomplished things, and that’s what I’m banking on,” he said.
Fennoy, who is backed by former District 1 Commissioner Betty Beard and Harrisburg activist Lori Davis, said he spent Monday “knocking on doors, making phone
calls and just getting ready for tomorrow. I feel pretty good; very optimistic.”
Aitken carried 39.7 percent of the vote Nov. 6 to Fennoy’s 29.9 percent.