Guilfoyle for District 8

Businessman is a commonsense advocate for south Augusta

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We met Augusta Tile Crafters owner Wayne Guilfoyle recently. And like his customers, we were floored.

We endorse

Augusta mayor: Deke Copenhaver

Aug Commission: District 10: Sean Frantom

Ga. Atty General: Sam Olens

U.S. House Dist. 10: Paul Broun

U.S. House Dist. 12: Ray McKinney

In a District 8 Augusta Commission race with several suitable candidates, we find Wayne Guilfoyle to be head and shoulders above the competition.

He's got his fingers on the pulse of not just the business world and all its rigors -- with special insights on the condition of the housing market -- but also a section of south Augusta-Richmond County that feels neglected and underrepresented.

Enter Wayne Guilfoyle.

The roads have yet to be paved as promised, the drainage still a problem in Goshen and a house where no fire hydrants were available had to be allowed to burn to the ground, he says -- promising to see such problems through.

Goshen residents, who remember all too well the city's aborted plans to force an affordable housing development on them, have endorsed Guilfoyle to protect their interests at City Hall.

Guilfoyle also says the state needs to be convinced to deal with a "death trap" on Highway 56, where school buses are crossing a 55-mph roadway with no traffic light at Country Place. He also says logging trucks and the like need to be rerouted away from there.

None of this means breaking the bank account: As a business owner, Guilfoyle knows the value of a dollar -- especially someone else's.

Moreover, he's a listener -- the type of boss, for instance, who asks employees for cost- cutting measures in tough times. He'll do the same with constituents and city department heads.

Guilfoyle says the nepotism and favoritism in city hiring have to stop -- and one way is to make department heads accountable to one person: the city administrator. Currently, department heads can't be fired except by six commissioners, which does nothing but perpetuate political cronyism.

As a businessman, Guilfoyle has run into the difficulty of dealing with such things as building inspections, which he said have taken an inordinate amount of time in the past. And to get a septic tank approved, you have to go to three places. We trust he can help fix that.

His competitors for the District 8 seat are fine men and, indeed, have pledged to support and help the eventual winner. But it's important to note one facet of the competition: Candidate Doug Lively has recommended that "disincentives" -- fines, essentially -- be levied on south Augusta businesses that close -- even after we offer incentives for businesses to locate there. Come again? What business would choose to locate in a city that basically holds them hostage by fining them for leaving?

Such a cockamamie idea would never pass muster with the other commissioners, but its lack of sophisticated thinking is frankly alarming.

Wayne Guilfoyle has our complete confidence. He is erudite and polished, yet earthy and brimming with common sense. He'll be a great advocate.

Even in a four-person race, the choice is clear: We urge District 8 voters to elect Wayne Guilfoyle to the Augusta Commission.

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ColCo
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ColCo 10/20/10 - 06:15 am
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Well deserved,

Well deserved, congratulations Wayne!

Valerie Weir
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Valerie Weir 10/20/10 - 06:29 am
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This is the man I am voting

This is the man I am voting for! This is a well derserved endorsement, a great man that will give Augusta's District 8 what they have been waiting for.....CHANGE! Vote for Wayne Guilfoyle District 8 Commissioner on November 2nd.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 10/20/10 - 06:30 am
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Wayne is a good man with the

Wayne is a good man with the ideas to make this city better. I wish I could vote for him myself!

seabeau
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seabeau 10/20/10 - 07:00 am
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I wish him well,but the fact

I wish him well,but the fact is that the existing commissioners use their offices to give out gov. jobs as a way to buy votes and maintain control of their districts. This fact goes a long way in explaining why Augusta employs the people it does. Such as ex-cons and the like. The commissioners constant interferring with dept. heads should not be allowed. We need a grand jury to investigate the Augusta Commission and force our State Delegation to fix the many problems we are saddled with that prevents good governance.

catfish20
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catfish20 10/20/10 - 07:21 am
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I know both Wayne and Doug.

I know both Wayne and Doug. They are both certainly well qualified candidates. Both of them and there supporters are working EXTREMELY HARD to represent Augusta. Either one I believe would make a fine commissioner for the 8th district. I recognize that the editorial page is designed for the local paper to endorse a candidate. I am a loyal reader, news junkie, and life long subscriber. I do not recall a more pointed and uncalled for closing than the comments you directed toward Doug at the end of your column. Is this the only time anyone said anything alarming to you. For GOOD people who consider public service your tone and inconsistentcy in this particular editorial is troubling.

Citizen of Hephzibah
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Citizen of Hephzibah 10/20/10 - 07:59 am
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It is a great service the

It is a great service the Chronicle does to educate and inform the electorate. All too often we vote based on friendships, relationships, or popularity instead of being informed as to what a person stands for....Wayne is interested in improving efficiencies in our Government to make it more user friendly for businesses and Augusta's citizens. All while lowering costs...Lively came clean with his desires and that is to force higher taxation on failed businesses to force them to sell their property. We don't need Dictators we need business friendly Public Servants to create jobs in this county so that we can all continue to eat. Thank you Augusta Chronicle for enlightening us.

Coach Deadly
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Coach Deadly 10/20/10 - 08:03 am
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"Disincentives" for

"Disincentives" for businesses moving out of South Augusta is a cockamamie idea? Why don't you take a ride through South Augusta one day before you make statements like that? Visit Hwy 25 or Gordon Hwy to see the historic "ruins of businesses past". You will get to see the high grass, busted up concrete of abandoned parking lots and graffiti that will leave your kids asking you questions about why the word "FORK" was mispelled on that old Bojangles building. But i guess making a business financially responsible for the condition of which a property is left would be bad for augusta. After all we can just give an incentive for the next business to wedge itself in between two other abandoned buildings and fix everything that was listed above. And when did Goshen endorse Wayne Guilfoyle? I live in Goshen and even though only 1/100th of the goshen population shows up to the meetings, i don't remember voting on this. Seriously if it happened someone let me know. But please, Augusta Chronicle, think through your statements and do some research before putting something in print.

Michael Ryan
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Michael Ryan 10/20/10 - 08:06 am
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"'Disincentives' for

"'Disincentives' for businesses moving out of South Augusta is a cockamamie idea?"

We'll say it again: Absolutely it is!

Citizen of Hephzibah
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Citizen of Hephzibah 10/20/10 - 08:12 am
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Coach, You wouldn't be using

Coach, You wouldn't be using a Richmond County Board of Education computer to do your political ranting would you? Much less on TAXPAYERS time.

Coach Deadly
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Coach Deadly 10/20/10 - 08:14 am
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Citizen of Hephzibah,

Citizen of Hephzibah, "Dictators"? Don't you live in a city (Hephzibah) that tells businesses what color their buildings must be as well as where they can and cannot put signs on their buildings? I watched with great amazement as a Hephzibah police officer told a convience store owner (the guy who actually owns the building) that he cannot have a Doug Lively sign on his building and made him take it down. The next day there was a large Wayne Guilfoyle sign up at the entrance of the same gas station placed in such a way the people leaving the gas station cannot see whats coming from the right.....hmmmm. thank god it wasn't on the building.

Citizen of Hephzibah
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Citizen of Hephzibah 10/20/10 - 08:21 am
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Coach, That is awful if it

Coach, That is awful if it happened that way. Who was the Policeman?

Coach Deadly
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Coach Deadly 10/20/10 - 08:25 am
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Lol. Not at all. A teacher

Lol. Not at all. A teacher would use a furlough day for that. lol That, my friend, is an entirely different forum.

catfish20
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catfish20 10/20/10 - 08:39 am
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Your tone and inconsistency

Your tone and inconsistency in this particular editorial is troubling.

There I said it again and it is.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 09/01/12 - 07:33 pm
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Doug Lively
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Doug Lively 10/20/10 - 09:18 am
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Mr. Ryan, Thank you for the

Mr. Ryan, Thank you for the opportunity to interview for the Chronicle's endorsement. Just don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. In a 30 minute interview, you have a laser focus on one point. I look forward to a great working relationship in the future. And to prove you're never to old to learn, who knew cockamamie was a real word and spelled that way

Coach Deadly
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Coach Deadly 10/20/10 - 09:52 am
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nocnoc, you attended a "meet

nocnoc, you attended a "meet and greet" in goshen for Lively. He had a Fish Fry (with fish cooked on site) at the same location as Guilfoyle's 3 weeks prior with about 130 in attendance and Jimmy Smith couldn't make it, but he still managed to answer questions. Wayne Guilfoyle also had another rally at Ms. B's where he had fish cooked on site by Commisioner Joe Jackson...hmmm...He was probably just there for his culinary skills. All joking aside, I think both candidates are well qualified. Both are good men with strong values. I think both men have ties with current and former commisioners. What concerns me is the lack of knowledge on the issues of the general voting population. Don't be a media puppet. Vote for either one of them, but do the research yourself before letting a ranter (including myself) or small newspaper editor tell what issues are important and how you should vote. Good Luck to both men on November 2nd

Taylor B
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Taylor B 10/20/10 - 10:16 am
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Coach, good post. In all

Coach, good post. In all fairness, Joe Jackson is a pretty good cook.

in total awe
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in total awe 10/20/10 - 12:28 pm
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Coach Deadly J: Certainly you

Coach Deadly J:
Certainly you can appreciate the loyalty the Guilfoyle supporters have shown (or maybe you aren't familiar with this concept). At any rate, both Wayne and Doug are very qualified for the position. Both have a strong base of supporters and each has their share of "misguided help". It is concerning that Doug would want to punish owner's of failed businesses for leaving a community that didn't support them. Also, where does the handing out of punishment stop--- are homes next? Who would determine the guidelines? Would this give an already too big government the right to determine that your house needs painting or you need to replace your broken up concrete driveway? Most people would be against this type of government infringement.

Coach Deadly
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Coach Deadly 10/20/10 - 01:05 pm
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in total awe, I think the

in total awe, I think the main point of the "disincentives" is to prevent abandoned buildings from being left in disrepair in our beloved South Augusta. I personally asked this question to District 10 candidates at a forum a month ago and got two good responses. One candidate said we can form a volunteer crew that keep the lots clean, the other said there are statutes in place that require these abandoned buildings to be maintained that may not be enforced as well as they should. In any fashion, we need to find a way to prevent or at least make it uncomfortable for business leave a big pile of "trash" when they relocate. Its not about putting small business out of business, nor is it about punishing a failed business. Think about the eyesores that remain as companies leave us. The Walmart building that is now Sitel sat for 10 years before it was anything, the Regency Mall, the Eckerds on 25, Bojangles on 25, Church's Chicken on Deans Bridge, the KFC in Hephzibah. My question to the candidates has been "What can we do about these?" Who owns them? I really think you have to be missing the point or just a little slow to think that businesses want to move into these buildings in their current state. "disincentives" may not be the perfect answer, but it is good to see someone thinking about preventing south augusta from becoming a ghost town. Please check out the "broken window theory" and give it some thought. If you want to clean up south augusta, it starts with fixing the dirty stuff and not letting it get that dirty again. The question is who needs to be held responsible for these two things?

Citizen of Hephzibah
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Citizen of Hephzibah 10/20/10 - 01:23 pm
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Coach Deadly Ja: One solution

Coach Deadly Ja:
One solution is to not allow zoning to continue to zone undeveloped land until the vacant commercial properties are 100% utilized.....To revert to punishment against someone for trying to bring growth and services and the community not supporting them is counter productive. I think the number of businesses you would attract would be very limited if they knew if they failed they would be taxed higher and higher until they were forced to sell their property to the vultures that were taxing them....Maybe this is what has already happened in South Richmond Co. Land owners in Hephzibah and Blythe were reassessed this year and most property values were doubled on large tracts of land in the worst economy this generation has ever seen. Was this a plan to force us to sell our properties, is Lively part of this plan? Will our property values double again next year in the second leg of this economic depression?...I certainly hope not. We need someone to improve the efficiencies of this Govt. before we are all homeless. The senseless spending and waste has got to stop. VOTE****WAYNE QUILFOYLE*****

Coach Deadly
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Coach Deadly 10/20/10 - 01:52 pm
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Citizen, I get your point and

Citizen, I get your point and the rezoning idea isn't bad at all. But i haven't heard anything about taxes as the disincentive. I guess we both would have to do more research to see what type of options are available. As for Lively being a part of the tax values going up....hold on im laughing....i can't see where an insurance agent with a large piece of land in Hephzibah ( he held a rally there i attended, was actually a nice piece of land with a barn and the whole farm-type setup) would have wanted to nor have had the power to raise taxes to force land owners to sell. Wouldn't that make him homeless? Maybe he has untold fortunes, he just chooses not to spend them on this election. Check out the campaign fund contributions. From what i've heard one candidate has a little over $7,000 the other is over $22,000 including a loan from himself. Thats just what i've heard but i'm certain the real numbers are documented. Those dang 3 color signs must be expensive. But since we are talking about property taxes, maybe we should look at the candidates websites to see who has a plan for growing the tax base to lower the indivdual property taxes each person pays (Lively). I couldn't find anything on Guilfoyle's page about property taxes. BTW Who do you like in the district 10 race?

Citizen of Hephzibah
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Citizen of Hephzibah 10/20/10 - 02:10 pm
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Coach, I think they are all

Coach,
I think they are all good guys in the Dist. 10 race, but I believe I will have to go with the one that actually has property and pays property taxes in Richmond County. At least he will be able to feel our pain.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 10/20/10 - 02:36 pm
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Have you guys thought of

Have you guys thought of joining the military? Your sniping skills are impeccable!

Doug Lively
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Doug Lively 10/20/10 - 02:42 pm
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Citizen, These references to

Citizen, These references to some nefarious, devious plot make me laugh. The image of Doctor Evil from Austin Powers pops into my mind. Just simply go to my website www.lively4commissioner.com to review my platform. No tricks, no gimmicks, just a common sense plan to solidify the tax base through development. If someone doesn't want to develop their land, they don't sell. This is still America and property rights are guaranteed. Come on, let's be logical here, or is that asking too much.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 10/20/10 - 03:07 pm
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Which guy is backed by Jimmy

Which guy is backed by Jimmy Smith?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/20/10 - 03:18 pm
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I don't know, but whoever

I don't know, but whoever Jimmy Smith is backing is the guy you don't want to vote for!

sucram
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sucram 10/20/10 - 04:18 pm
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Doug Lively was endorsed by

Doug Lively was endorsed by Jimmy Smith and received $500.00 from his campaign committee according to the disclosures released two weeks ago.

catfish20
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catfish20 10/20/10 - 05:18 pm
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Jimmy Smith is a local, well

Jimmy Smith is a local, well respected, successful retired businessman. He has been elected twice as the 8th district commissioner. He has worked countless hours serving his community, his church, University Hospital Board of Directors, Georgia Bank and Trust Board of Directors, Founder of Pride and Progess, and was instrumental in bringing the Youth Challenge Academy to Augusta. You can disagree with his politics and his style, but he has worked hard and accomplished a great deal .......in sharp contrast to those on this board who attempt to disparage him.

wonder123
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wonder123 10/20/10 - 05:58 pm
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Let's look at this

Let's look at this article....Hwy 56...this is not news, we have been trying to do this your years. Several well-known politians have pulled for this to no avail. DOT has the last word. Let's not compare businessmen..Mr. Smith is a fine businessman just as Mr Guilfoyle. It has been in the papers for years that South Augusta has felt neglected, drainage is a problem for the entire area of Augusta. Look at YOUR pictures when it pours.... no news here. What are Mr. Guilfoyle's answers? In endorsing one canidate you made a statement that they were "fine men" but then began targeting Mr. Lively. Seems that this article was poorly written, did you do your homework or need to fill space?

mdkalbach
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mdkalbach 10/20/10 - 08:49 pm
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I thought this was supposed

I thought this was supposed to be an article endorsing a candidate.
I did not realize that endorsing a candidate meant attacking one of his apponents! I think this is poor judgement to say the least!
Looks to me like this paper wants to keep business as usual. From what I see of Mr. Guilfoyle's friends and supporters, as reported in this paper, our tax dollars will keep on going Downtown as South Augusta continues to decline.
Do your own research people. Find out which man will be the best for District 8. Look at their platforms. Listen to the men themselves. Don't listen to what other people say, because it often is not true, especially in politics!
I, personally, think that Doug Lively is, by far, the best choice for District 8.

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