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.