Forums planned for five seeking Augusta mayor's post

Monday, March 17, 2014 2:15 PM
Last updated Tuesday, March 18, 2014 2:13 AM
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It’s a short election season, but Augusta voters have several more opportunities to get to know the five candidates seeking the mayor’s seat May 20.

Summerville Neighborhood Association is holding a forum for the five candidates at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 in the dining room of Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church, 1330 Monte Sano Ave.

Association President Mary Louise Garren said the organization has confirmed that four of the five mayoral candidates will attend the forum, to which the public is invited.

The five candidates on the May 20 ballot are businesswoman Helen Blocker-Adams, retired businessman Charles Cummings, state Sen. Hardie Davis, Augusta Commission member Alvin Mason and high school teacher Lori Myles.

The Augusta branch of the NAACP is holding a mayoral candidate forum and voter registration drive at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at Beulah Grove Baptist Church, 1440 Poplar St.

According to branch political action Chairman Renaldo Woolfolk, the candidates will take questions prepared in the political science departments of Paine College and Georgia Regents University, and those by Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce, neighborhood associations and audience members.

Turpin Hill Neighborhood Association is holding a forum for candidates at 6 p.m. Monday, April 14, at Carrie J. Mays Community Center, 1014 11th Ave.

Association President Belle Clark said all five candidates had confirmed they will attend the forum, which will be moderated by Barbara Gordon, the publisher of The Metro Courier newspaper.

A week before the election, Augusta-Richmond County Committee for Good Government will hold a televised forum for candidates, according to the organization’s president, Richard Isdell. The event will start at 7 p.m. May 13 at Julian Smith Casino Barbecue Pit, 3 Milledge Road, he said.

Augusta voters will elect a mayor and five district commissioners and decide a sales tax and bond referendum and numerous other local, state and federal contests May 20 in elections earlier than usual because of scheduling changes forced by the Legislature.

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Butterman
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Butterman 03/17/14 - 03:35 pm
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Too many forums
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Why so many mayoral forums? I see nothing for the commission races, and that's where the real power lies. Also the school board controls more tax money and I see no forums listed for them. How come there can't be one or two televised mayoral forums with several moderators like they do for other big races? This is something where the local media could step forward and get the job done.

story1
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story1 03/17/14 - 07:50 pm
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Vote "No" Splost

We have to defeat this current Splost proposal. Let the powers re-work and exclude the outside agencies before we, as citizens, allow them to touch our money.

Butterman
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Butterman 03/17/14 - 09:06 pm
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Vote NO to SPLOST
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I see there is now a movement on Facebook opposing the SPLOST. This should have thousands of likes. http://www.facebook.com/notosplost

Pops
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Pops 03/17/14 - 09:58 pm
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Forums for an insignificant

job and candidates even less so.......

rebellious
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rebellious 03/17/14 - 10:51 pm
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Come on...

The next mayor has but one vote on SPLOST VII, that being the one he casts on the same day he/she votes for themselves. So we can save keystrokes on that discussion, cause a candidate has nothing to gain and everything to lose by stating a position on SPLOST VII.

As for the Board of Education election....November is the date for that. So no sense confusing people with all that noise at this stage of the election cycle.

Now, back to the regularly scheduled article.... Listen closely to what is said and how it is said. There are platitudes, attitudes and beatitudes being spoken. From a mayor, who has no voting power except in the event of a tie, I want to see evidence of coalition fostering, forging compromise, building alliances between North and South, East and West, Rich and Poor, Education and business, Military and Civilian.

I am looking for a calm leader, not a hammer wielding paper tiger. I want someone with proven ability to be a bridge builder, not a wrecking ball.

So Viva La Debate. But listen below the words. Hear the tone. Attune yourself to the character, not the flowery language. Don't be pulled in by promises the powers of the office can't support.

Arripere diem hodiernum diem.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/18/14 - 08:57 am
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I heard that where there is no coming together the people perish
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I heard that where there is no coming together the people perish

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/18/14 - 08:58 am
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"we have to come together" is the only platform. ALWAYS
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"we have to come together" is the only platform. ALWAYS

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/18/14 - 08:58 am
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"we have to come together" is the only platform. MEANING??
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"we have to come together" is the only platform. MEANING??

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/18/14 - 09:04 am
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Cohabitate? Conjugate? Repopulate? Mesceginate?
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Cohabitate? Conjugate? Repopulate? Mesceginate?

dsterling9
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dsterling9 03/18/14 - 10:36 am
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FORUMS

Citizens of ARC need to hear more from candidates for offices other than mayor.

movingforward
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movingforward 03/18/14 - 12:41 pm
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Why are Neigborhood Associations using its members money

If all of these forums are being held by other agencies why should neighborhood association members be forced to pay for meet and greet with these candidate? As a neighborhood association member I personally would not spend one penny to hear what they have to say. I believe the association funds should be used for the members community. For instance why not use the funds to clean up storm debris in its neighborhood or better yet ask the candidates to come help clean up the neighborhood. That would be a good meet and greet and a great way to get to know the candidates.

SHEILA C NELSON
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SHEILA C NELSON 03/18/14 - 11:41 pm
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Upcoming Splost

I am strongly recommending that all concerned registered voters of Augusta Richmond County vote NO on the SPLOST VII; especially with an ineffective board of Commissioners.

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