For District 3: Ed Enoch

Candidate is a liaision for the layman

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If you’re the least bit cynical about politics or, more particularly, the Augusta Commission, take heart. There’s a bumper crop of good candidates this year, particularly in commission District 3.

We can’t go wrong with either Mary Davis or Ed Enoch. Both are absolutely top-flight. But while it would be nice to have a female voice added back to the all-male commission, there’s just something about Ed.

Maybe it’s his impressive life experience. He spent 10 years in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service, before earning degrees in economics and law. As a practicing lawyer with his own firm, as his bio notes, he’s helped Augustans “navigate the often tricky waters of contract and employment law, mergers and acquisitions, municipal bonds, zoning and real estate transactions.”

That work has made him a kind of liaison for the layman to the intimidating city bureaucracy – a qualification ripped right from the job description of a city commissioner.

We also love the fact that, as a small businessman himself, Enoch won’t have to imagine the trials and tribulations of the working man or woman in dealing with government red tape. He not only understands entrepreneurs, he’s one of them.

That also means he’ll bring a real-world conservative sensibility to the commission when it comes to fiscal matters – while defying normal partisan labels of Republican or Democrat. Ed calls ’em like he sees ’em.

Maybe it’s his vast community involvement, from the Family Y to the United Way of the CSRA to the Forever Food Fund and Leadership Augusta. He’s even taken time to be a Cub Scout den leader. And he chose to be a member of South Augusta Rotary specifically to expose himself to new and different people and issues.

Maybe it’s that he’s dynamic while diplomatic. He’s got a fire in his gut for Augusta and a soft spot in his heart for the people here. He knows how to disagree without being disagreeable – a quality that, alone, makes him an attractive choice for this commission. His experience as a nuclear reactor operator on a sub taught him how to be colorblind and responsible to a tight-knit community of submariners.

He’s bullish on transportation, particularly with more traffic expected from the ports, and wants the city to keep its golf course but have it run by the pros. We think that makes sense.

There will be at least three new voices on the Augusta Commission this go-round. We think Ed Enoch’s voice will be one of principle, common sense and compassion. And of a life experience far beyond that of most first-time candidates.

We urge District 3 voters to add Ed Enoch’s voice to the Augusta Commission.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/28/12 - 09:09 am
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Mary Davis has been an

Mary Davis has been an integral part of Copenhaver's political campaign machine. That bunch can get anyone elected to anything. They have ministers waiting for instructions from them. Newspaper endorsements don't mean much these days so I suspect Davis will win.

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soapy_725 10/28/12 - 09:54 am
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Barf Barf Barf
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Fire in his gut. LOL LOL Hand in your pocket rubber stamp. Who is writing this garbage for the CBD Mafia?

Arise from your sleep ARC taxpayers and stop being in "awe" of common criminals. Saving the A would better serve "save Augusta".

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/28/12 - 09:56 am
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Spent 10 years in a submarine
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where the mantra is "if you haven't tried it, don't knock it".

southern2
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southern2 10/28/12 - 11:56 am
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Ashamed to admit I have been

Ashamed to admit I have been undecided on this one. The Hardie Davis connection is a concern but not as much as the Deke/Davis connection. Article reads like a Barrow commercial. Leaning toward Ed. Very impressive bio.

Love Augusta
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Love Augusta 10/28/12 - 05:29 pm
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Mary Davis

I am sad to see that the Augusta Chronicle is not endorsing Mary Davis. I have done my research and know that she has the experience and leadership skills necessary to make good decisions that will benefit ALL of Augusta. I love that she was born and raised in our city and I truly feel that she is running solely because she cares about Augusta. While I appreciate the positive words about Mary in this editorial, I am disappointed in the decision.

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just an opinion 10/28/12 - 08:53 pm
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Ok we get it, Ed wasn't born here

Seems like the campaign always counters Ed's legal and business experience with the passive aggressive statements referring to him not being born in Augusta. You all have to realize, not everyone cares about this. This district includes places like Belair Hills Estates were many Military retirees live and vote and were not born in Augusta either.

Love Augusta
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Love Augusta 11/04/12 - 10:49 pm
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It's not that he wasn't born here!!!

I was emphasizing Mary Davis' LOVE for the community. If you think about it, you will consider your love for the city where you were born and you will realize why Mary is good for this district!!!!

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