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.