Blocker-Adams still officially in Augusta mayoral race

Friday, May 16, 2014 8:22 PM
Last updated Saturday, May 17, 2014 1:39 PM
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Despite announcing Thurs­day that she was suspending her Au­gusta mayoral campaign, Helen Blocker-Adams hasn’t formally withdrawn from the race and remains a viable candidate.

Blocker-Adams had not filed the notarized affidavit required to officially withdraw her candidacy by the end of business Friday at the Richmond County Board of Elections.

If she does not file her intent to withdraw before Tuesday’s election, “she is a candidate like everyone else, treated like everyone else,” said Travis Doss, the assistant elections director.

That means if Blocker-Adams garners sufficient votes, she could win outright or head into a July runoff with one of the four other candidates. About 2,600 advance ballots were cast before news of her unpaid bills and numerous eviction notices surfaced Tuesday,

“There will be nothing different in counting her votes at this point,” Doss said.

Should she formally withdraw, all votes for her will be null and void and voters will be notified by signs at each polling place Tuesday that she is no longer in the race.

Blocker-Adams suspended her campaign after revelations that she owed creditors and bill collectors for years and as much as $70,000 on Aiken County court judgments from more than a decade ago.

Blocker-Adams and her campaign manager, Pam Wilkins, have not answered repeated inquiries about whether she will formally withdraw.

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triscuit
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triscuit 05/16/14 - 08:43 pm
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It would be quite a news

It would be quite a news story if she made it a runoff.

bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 05/16/14 - 10:25 pm
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I do believe that is what she

I do believe that is what she is hoping. Imagine that!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/16/14 - 11:09 pm
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Told Ya

Oh, she's still in it for real. Told ya.

Butterman
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Butterman 05/16/14 - 11:39 pm
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won't make a runoff but she may force one between Mason and Davis, which is why I am glad she is not "officially" withdrawing from the race. I am sure Helen knows who unleashed this last minute ambush on her.

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thauch12 05/17/14 - 12:35 am
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Scrooge McDuck

The Scrooge in me wants to believe she doesn't want to cut off the sudden flow of much-needed income her campaign has brought in. I'm not even sure she can use the money to pay her personal debts but for someone who has apparently managed her personal finances so poorly in the past, it may at least "feel" like she once again has money. I won't go so far as to say she's only staying in the race to help fix her money problems, but I'm not willing to rule that out just yet...

The gracious thing to do would be to quit outright...but this is politics and I realize that is wishful thinking.

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geecheeriverman 05/17/14 - 06:00 am
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Runoff

I believe she will be in a runoff with Davis, but she will lose the election.

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corgimom 05/17/14 - 06:00 am
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She needs the money.

She needs the money.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 05/17/14 - 07:00 am
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Hmmmm.

Either she is very, very clever and this is a brilliant political strategy or the failure to file the paperwork was just a careless omission. Maybe she'll win Tuesday!! Would she then withdraw? Stay tuned, folks; it seems the fat lady hasn't sung yet!

corgimom
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corgimom 05/17/14 - 08:52 am
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No, it wasn't a careless

No, it wasn't a careless omission, she knows exactly what she is doing.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/17/14 - 09:25 am
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If Augusta elects her, they

If Augusta elects her, they will get exactly what they deserve.

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The Mick 05/17/14 - 09:32 am
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She said she was suspending

She said she was suspending her campaign, not taking her name off the ballot. Well if she wins at least we know she is a true politician!

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Conservative Man 05/17/14 - 11:38 am
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HBA will NOT win....

...I also believe that she will probably not make a runoff after this...only a small percentage of people actually "early vote" in primary elections...
and I believe I heard that around six thousand votes had been cast as of her "suspending" the campaign..which is a small percentage of eligible voters in RC..

The only question now is , who has the advantage ..Hardie or Alvin..I believe THAT is where the only suspense is now...

triscuit
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triscuit 05/17/14 - 05:03 pm
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Of course, Hardie does. And

Of course, Hardie does. And if you can't see that, well...

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VickFan 05/17/14 - 06:23 pm
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Cast the first stone

Corgiman, you have got to be one negative nelly.. putting HBA down every chance you get. If having debt is the worst thing HBA is guilty of, then we all need to burn in the lake of fire. Ppl like you who pick out one thing about a person and harp on it, make me want to vomit. HBA at least admitted she made a terrible mistake and humbly did it in front of the public... name one MAN who has ever done that... and sincerely meant it... HBA is in the race to bring Augusta together.. not for the mere position of power... I am also of the belief saw her as a threat and dug up this dirt for the sole purpose of humiliating.. sounds like an evil serpant in this race... are you willing to cast your vote for the serpant? FYI- I don't have a dog in this race, but get sick of ppl beating down good ppl... what a bully!

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shamrock 05/17/14 - 11:26 pm
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Not Surprised

When HBA suspended her campaign I figured this was the goal ...

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DuhJudge 05/18/14 - 09:01 am
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Just plain wrong

If Helen had not dropped from her first bid for Mayor and endorsed Deke, then Willie Mays would be your Mayor. And this time Deke enforces her opponent? I will bet that somebody ran a poll and saw Helen was ahead and would take it in the runoff. Just because the financial history is front page news with three voting days left does not mean it was a revelation. Thats the way it is done in Augusta and voters fall for it every time. Some people think they know what is best for Augusta because they won the lucky sperm contest. They have run Augusta since 1950 and it appears they won this one too.

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