The outspoken commissioner said he is “contemplating” a run. He won’t make his decision
based on whether Sen. Hardie Davis, D-Augusta, runs again.
Former Commissioner Joe Bowles revealed last week that he’ll announce plans to seek the Senate seat when Davis reveals plans to run for Augusta mayor, something he has yet to officially do.
“We need somebody in Atlanta who’s going to support Augusta. Get Augusta up on the map. Some of the state services need to be done in Augusta,” Williams said, mentioning the need for more state government offices to be in Georgia’s second-largest city.
Williams ran for the Senate seat in 2008 and was trounced by Ed Tarver in the Democratic primary. Tarver resigned the following year after being appointed to be U.S. attorney. Davis resigned his House seat to run for Tarver’s Senate seat and defeated former state court solicitor Harold Jones in a January 2010 special election.
Williams, who defeated Jones in November for the Super District 9 seat, said his outspokenness is an asset that voters appreciate and that it “made no difference” what party affiliation he chose, though a Democratic run was likely.
“It’s about right and wrong for me,” he said. “We don’t have enough people standing out, calling it like it is. That’s what God gave me, the ability to tell it like it is.”
Williams, a pastor and CSX retiree said it didn’t matter that Democrats were in the minority in Atlanta because he’ll speak out.
“You can’t stay on the fence. You’ve got to be either on or off, up or down,” he said.
Though Williams acquired a reputation as argumentative during his first two terms on the commission, which ended in 2007, and denies he has softened, commission colleague Donnie Smith said he’s become easier to work with.
“Marion’s been a lot better commissioner this time,” Smith said.