Runoff Tuesday will settle District 1 Augusta Commission race

Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 7:31 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 1:25 AM
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Voters in Augusta’s Dis­trict 1 return to the polls today to decide who will represent them on the Au­gus­ta Commis­sion.

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Incumbent Matt Aitken answers a question during the District One debate forum on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
Incumbent Matt Aitken answers a question during the District One debate forum on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF

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.


Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

101 Asbury United Methodist Chuch, 1305 Troupe St.

102 Crawford Ave. Baptist Church, 507 Crawford Ave.

103 Dyess Park, 902 James Brown Blvd.

104 Eastview Recreation Center, 644 Aiken St.

105 Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 1260 Wrightsboro Road

106 Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.

107 Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.

108 Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way

109 May Park, 708 Fourth St.

110 Peabody Apartments, 1425 Walton Way

111 Gilbert Lambuth Chapel-Paine College, 1235 Druid Park Ave.

112 St. John’s Towers, 724 Greene St.

113 W.T. Johnson, 1612 Hunter St.

114 Bernie Ward Community Center, 1925 Lumpkin Rd.

115 Southside Baptist Church, 3612 Mike Padgett Highway

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Riverman1 12/04/12 - 08:53 am

Anybody But Aitken.

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