District 6 to be five-way race for commissioner's seat

Friday, March 7, 2014 5:55 PM
Last updated Saturday, March 8, 2014 1:43 AM
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Augusta Commission District 6 will be a five-way race, and the consolidated government is almost certain to have its first elected black mayor with the close of candidate qualifying Friday.

Joining the District 6 post Friday was Tony Lewis, a Paine College graduate and Savannah River Site employee. Lewis ran for the commission in 2007, losing to Commissioner Joe Jackson.

Lewis joins four others – Bob Finnegan, Roger Garvin, Angela Harden and Ben Hasan – in seeking the south Augusta post held by Jackson, who is term-limited.

No one else qualified for mayor, five commission posts, five school board seats or two judgeships on the fifth day of local qualifying in the Richmond County Board of Elections office.

With the only announced white mayoral candidate – former District 1 Commissioner Matt Aitken – withdrawing from the race Thursday, Augusta will likely have its first elected black mayor since consolidation with Richmond County in 1996.

Elections for the posts will be May 20, except for the school board, which will be Nov. 4.

WHO QUALIFIED

Mayor of Augusta

  • Helen Blocker-Adams
  • Charles Cummings
  • Hardie Davis
  • Alvin Mason
  • Lori Myles

Augusta Commission District 2

  • Cleveland Garrison
  • Dennis Williams

Augusta Commission District 4

  • Melvin Ivey
  • Tomasenia Jackson
  • Sammie Sias
  • Gwendolyn Watts

Augusta Commission District 6

  • Bob Finnegan
  • Roger Garvin
  • Angela Harden
  • Ben Hasan
  • Tony Lewis

Augusta Commission District 8

  • Wayne Guilfoyle

Augusta Commission District 10

  • Brandon Dial
  • Grady Smith
  • State Court Judge
  • Richard Slaby
  • David Watkins

Richmond County Board of Education District 2

  • Frank Beckles
  • Monique Braswell
  • Charlie Hannah

Richmond County Board of Education District 3

  • Alex Howard

Richmond County Board of Education District 6

  • Jack Padgett

Richmond County Board of Education District 7

  • Frank Dolan

Richmond County Board of Education District 9

  • Venus Cain
  • James Swanagan
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Butterman
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Butterman 03/07/14 - 07:01 pm
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Writing on the wall
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I guess the whites see the writing on the wall. They are an ever shrinking minority in Augusta-Richmond County and will soon be politically irrelevent.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 03/07/14 - 07:27 pm
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Blocker-Adams

If she aligns herself with a smart Republican like Herman Cain and has as much intellect as him then maybe she should be the next mayor of Augusta. It is inevitable that the mayor will be black but we hope that whoever wins the election will step up and make Augustans proud and remember the shame that Ed McIntyre brought to the Office of the Mayor!

triscuit
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triscuit 03/07/14 - 07:28 pm
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I want a mayor who will help

I want a mayor who will help fix this town...I don't care what their skin color is!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/07/14 - 07:46 pm
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District 6 appears to be an

District 6 appears to be an interesting race.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 03/07/14 - 08:02 pm
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Congrats Wayne Guilfoyle

Looks like the 8th District was pleased with Wayne Guilfoyle and I am pleased to see he drew no opposition.

I look forward to another four years of his steady and balanced leadership.

Brad

specsta
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specsta 03/07/14 - 08:21 pm
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Running Unopposed?

You mean that there aren't any local attorneys willing to run against Watkins and Slaby? Let's make this more interesting - we need some new thinking on the courts!

From Judgepedia -

"Judges are the Georgia State Courts are elected in countywide non-partisan elections and serve four year terms. Local legislation determines whether judges serve full or part-time.

In order to serve on these courts, one must be:
a state resident for three years:
a resident of the county representing;
admitted to practice law for at least seven years; and
at least 25 years of age"

Butterman
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Butterman 03/07/14 - 08:29 pm
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Hasan
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I do not live in Dist 6, but if I did, Ben Hasan would get my vote.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/07/14 - 09:58 pm
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I do believe the fact that

I do believe the fact that there are no white candidates for mayor probably does indicate the remaining whites in this county have written it off and given up. I hope they are wrong...I hope it is true that "past performance does not guarantee future performance". But watching the antics of the past 15 years give or take, I hold little hope. Maybe they will pleasantly surprise me.....but they never have. Just for grins I am paying off my mortgage this month so I will have the option of walking off and leaving it if I need to. Maybe the county can get tax valuation price out of it.

internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 03/07/14 - 10:22 pm
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What affect would this

What affect would this article have if no one's race was mentioned.

jwilliams
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jwilliams 03/07/14 - 10:36 pm
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Taken from this article,

Taken from this article, “Joining the District 6 post Friday was Tony Lewis, a Paine College graduate and Savannah River Site employee. Lewis ran for the commission in 2007, losing to Commissioner Joe Jackson.” I wonder where Lewis has been for the past six plus years. Have not seen him at any commission meetings or committee meetings. Have not heard him speak on any of the pertinent issues involving the citizens of ARC. If he is so concerned with the future of ARC, why did he allow Jackson to run unopposed in 2010? I guess with his job and him visiting his “PUPPET MASTER” the ex Senator Charles Walker on a regular basis when he was in the federal prison in Edisto SC, Lewis just didn’t have the time to serve. Wake up good people of district 6, will Lewis serve you or will he serve his “PUPPET MASTER” Walker? The last time there was a commissioner that worked at the Savannah River site, he had issues getting to all of the meetings (commission, committee and special called).

Darby
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Darby 03/08/14 - 12:41 am
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"They are an ever shrinking minority

in Augusta-Richmond County and will soon be politically irrelevent.(sic)"

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What you mean "soon" Butterman?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/08/14 - 10:10 am
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Race Plays A Part In Every Election

Race plays a part in almost every election in America. There's nothing unique about Richmond County. Speculation about the race of the mayor and racial make-up of the Commission is to be expected.

internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 03/08/14 - 11:20 am
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Race plays a part in almost

Race plays a part in almost every DECISION in America. There's nothing unique about Richmond County.....

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/08/14 - 11:23 am
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Makin’ Up My Mind

I’m voting in the District 10 race. At this point I’m for ABG (anyone but Grady).

countyman
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countyman 03/08/14 - 11:31 am
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Why doesn't the media feel

Why doesn't the media feel the need to mention race in the county elections outside RC?

The white population is growing in Richmond County and the black population is stagnant...

Dichotomy.. The existing mayor is white and you would expect for a majority black county to eventually elect a black mayor. All of the plus 80,000 white people have given up? They wouldn't be running for the commission seats if that were true..

Little Lamb.. I'm excited that you want to see new blood on the commission and we definitely need some younger people. The majority of people don't have to be over the age 50..

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allhans 03/08/14 - 12:22 pm
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Bob Finnegan

Bob Finnegan

SHEILA C NELSON
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SHEILA C NELSON 03/08/14 - 12:30 pm
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District 6 Commission Race

I have known Mr. Tony Lewis for quite some time and I see him often working to help others all throughout this city. He has the respect of
many citizens, not just in his district and his integrity speaks well for him. I am asking all registered voters in District 6 to join me in voting for a man whom we can communicate with and depend on to help move this city forward.

Darby
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Darby 03/08/14 - 12:40 pm
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"All of the plus 80,000 white people have given up?

They wouldn't be running for the commission seats if that were true.."

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Now that just makes no sense at all. Whites run for the commission seats because the demographics of the various commission districts have been Gerrymandered to assure the racial outcome.

Simple as that.

Darby
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Darby 03/08/14 - 12:46 pm
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There will never be another

white mayor of Augusta until, or unless people (all people) start thinking with their brains and stop thinking with their melanin.

Until we as a people are smart enough to cast off the shackles and burden of racial politics that one political party has used for forty years to gain and maintain power.

countyman
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countyman 03/08/14 - 01:11 pm
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My comments actually make

My comments actually make even more sense than yours.

There's no white candidate in the mayors race, because none really stood out.

Why did Scott Peebles run for sheriff and win the vote before the run off? According to your logic white people can only win the commission seats.

The election of Matt Aitken was in a majority black district.. Why did he even waste his time running if the outcome had already been decided?

If white's run for the commission because they have advantage in certain districts. Then why not run for mayor if you already have a certain number of districts voting for you?

The existing white mayor won two straight elections and received over 60% of the vote.. How do you explain him winning?

Darby
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Darby 03/09/14 - 12:17 am
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"My comments actually make even more sense than yours."

In YOUR humble opinion, of course.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/09/14 - 12:11 pm
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Explained

"The existing white mayor won two straight elections and received over 60% of the vote.. How do you explain him winning?"

He got almost 100% of the white vote and a small percentage of the black vote.

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