Augusta mayoral candidate Helen Blocker-Adams had multiple eviction notices, records show

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Even more financial baggage surfaced Wednesday on Augusta mayoral candidate Helen Blocker-Adams.

Richmond County Marshal’s Office records show that between June 2007 and January 2013 Blocker-Adams was served with eviction or dispossessory notices more than 40 times at two Augusta apartment complexes.

The pro-business candidate, for whom former presidential candidate Herman Cain headlined a February fundraiser, acknowledged Tuesday that she was far behind on payments on three Aiken County court judgments totaling more than $70,000.

Blocker-Adams said Tuesday that she thought the debts were paid off because creditors stopped corresponding for several years. One of the creditors said he contacted her last week, and a court notice showed she was informed of a $12,000 debt last year.

The civil dispossessory and eviction actions are included in a searchable database on the city Web site created to help landlords identify problematic tenants who don’t pay rent or otherwise violate the terms of a lease, said Marshal Steve Smith.

Landlords pay a fee to have a dispossessory notice personally served to a tenant who hasn’t paid rent, Smith said. If the tenant doesn’t respond, the second action is evicting the tenant.

Woodcrest Apartments off Sibley Road had Blocker-Adams served with a dispossessory notice 29 times and eight times with an eviction notice between 2007 and 2011, according to records.

More recently, Hunters Run apartments had her served with dispossessory notices in September 2012 and January 2013.

Blocker-Adams offered the explanation Tuesday that her unpaid debts were a common phenomenon, and that hers came about during a dark period of her life.

She said little Wednesday about why she had nearly lost her Augusta apartment so many times.

“I will make a statement at a designated time,” she said.

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harley_52 05/15/14 - 03:37 pm
It Really Is Odd....

...that with all the time spent in public life, this information is just NOW being discovered. I agree with @dichotomy. What took so long?

Not blaming Austin Rhodes in any way here. He did the Community a real service, even if partly by accident. Also, give Harley Drew a little credit for stumbling into a good story.

Riverman1 05/15/14 - 04:17 pm
Different Twist

"Also, give Harley Drew a little credit for stumbling onto a good story."

Now that's a different twist. Harley lives in North Augusta, keep in mind.

harley_52 05/15/14 - 05:47 pm
...point to ponder
...point to ponder 05/15/14 - 11:17 pm
vote NO on splost…and elect Alvin Mason Mayor...

Heard on the street that the candidate presumed to be behind HBA's late breaking news isn't all that great either….*Buyer beware…if it sounds to good to be true…then just maybe…..

**another reason that early voting isn't all that good of a thing….

**another reason that candidates must allow for a credit check when they choose to run for office…

**another reason that if an elected official while in office(*say a commissioner or mayor) does not pay property tax, income tax or is late paying fees, etc…then they are immediately suspended from their elected seat and all benefits cease. **like an immediate vacancy needing a special election.

**all of the above might help clean up our elected positions.

Graymare 05/16/14 - 05:48 am

It's the eleventh hour for the election. Are there going to be other skeletons falling, or shoved out, of any other candidate's closets?

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