Willie Peoples, a native of Slocumb, Ala., served 32 years in the Army, including as a combat parachutist in the Iraq war before retiring to Hephzibah about seven years ago, he said.
“I want to reach out and give myself, see what I could do with the rest of the commission and mayor to try to make Augusta a better place,” he said.
Peoples, 56, filed a notice of his intent to seek the seat as has retired Army Sergeant and former commission candidate Sammie Sias. The Rev. Melvin Ivey, a U.S. Naval Reserves and U.S. Post Office retiree who heads Richmond County Neighborhood Association Alliance, also announced he’s seeking the seat.
Commission elections are typically held in November, but the nonpartisan elections will likely be much sooner - July or May - due to new Georgia laws. Richmond County Board of Elections hasn’t specified when it will conduct next year’s mayor and five commission elections, however.