Vote Fennoy for District 1

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On Dec. 4, we will go back to the polls in a runoff election to choose a District 1 commissioner who will represent and serve the constituents of urban Augusta. This runoff between Matt Aitken and Bill Fennoy is much more important than it was three years ago.

This election will determine if the voters of District 1 want more of the same, or are willing to take a chance on the candidate that Mr. Aitken beat in 2009. I am supporting Bill Fennoy.

As a local government watchdog, activist and neighborhood leader, it has been easy for me to measure the changes in my neighborhood over the past three years. Sadly, nothing has changed for the better; if anything, my neighborhood is profoundly worse.

The entire district is worse. I do not feel as if we have had a commissioner who has been willing to take on the many problems associated with urban life in Augusta, or has ever been actively willing to help solve them at the ground level. We need a commissioner who thinks for himself, is willing to roll up his sleeves and get busy.

Bill Fennoy is that man.

There have been many times in the past three years that I, as a community leader, have reached out to our current commissioner to help solve many problems, to no avail. Numerous unanswered phone calls and emails attest to this.

I challenge all District 1 voters to join with me in taking a new direction.

I have had the privilege to speak with Mr. Fennoy on many occasions during his candidacy. I have felt reassured that he understands our concerns and is willing to address them, as opposed to the representation we have had in the more recent past. He understands how important it is to maintain a strong tax base in the urban core for the health of all of Augusta. We cannot afford for District 1, which includes downtown, to languish further.

I urge all voters who have more recently voted for change to again vote for change in District 1.

Vote for Bill Fennoy for District 1 commissioner on Dec. 4.

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patriotgirl
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patriotgirl 11/28/12 - 05:58 am
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What have you done for me lately - or ever?

Mr. Aitken is pretty much a do-nothing commissioner. Time for someone who will make an effort. I agree, Lori - Give Bill a chance.

americafirst
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americafirst 11/28/12 - 09:10 am
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Okay, Lori, we get it. You

Okay, Lori, we get it. You are a community leader and all that and a bag of chips.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 11/28/12 - 09:21 am
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It is going to be very hard

It is going to be very hard to change Harrisburg with the new variety of people that have moved to the area and to Olmstead Holmes.

F4therTime
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F4therTime 11/28/12 - 09:27 am
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Like I said before...

Unpublished

6 and one half dozen or the other. The best thing with Fennoy is he isn't one of Deke's boys.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/28/12 - 09:37 am
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Who is Woody Merry

Who is Woody Merry supporting?

faithson
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faithson 11/28/12 - 09:53 am
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tough one

Fennoy is known as a charlie walker crony, that said, Aitken has been a lackluster commissioner. As to Harrisburg, with a whole new group coming out of cherry tree crossing (400) looking for housing, Harrisburg is only going to get worse, no matter what administrative acclamation may be instituted.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/28/12 - 09:56 am
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Controversy for District One Race

I detect a little controversy in the District One race with Lori Davis' letter to the editor. She is supporting William Fennoy because she feels Matt Aitken is a puppet of the cabal. (Imagine that. Heh.) But Woody Merry has been seen leading protests in Harrisburg, Davis' home, against crime. He was apparently wearing a pistol in a holster while cutting down a tree and painting warnings on walls. Don't you feel better knowing mild mannered Woody Merry is packing? But maybe he has made up with Fennoy after their fisticuffs? I wonder what the deal is?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/28/12 - 10:55 am
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Does Fennoy work shifts?

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Will he be able to attend commission meetings. That is the first priority. Basic attendance. Good for most businesses (less turn over ). Good for schools ( money ). Good for churches ( money ). Good for taxpayers? ( maybe )

dichotomy
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dichotomy 11/28/12 - 12:09 pm
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Hmmm, a "lackluster" cabal

Hmmm, a "lackluster" cabal appointee or a Boss Walker crony.......hmmm. I'd have to think long and hard on that one Lori. It does sound like the typical candidates we get for our commission elections. Too bad the community can never find a good candidate to run.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 11/28/12 - 12:38 pm
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Agree with ya dichotomy.....

....it's a classic "lesser of two evils" decision for District 1 voters....
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To have to choose between a man who maybe acts before he thinks (Fennoy) or a man (Aitken) who came from the Deke Copenhaver school of milquetoast politics and let's others do the thinking for him.....

..I don't envy District 1 in this election..

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 11/28/12 - 01:43 pm
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Known quantities...

Both are known quantities now, so the choice is at least one that a voting record, behavior and leadership can be measured by.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/28/12 - 02:26 pm
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Merry's Shadow Organization

I must have Woody Merry on my mind today, but he is an interesting person. I wish he would post comments here more often so we could figure him out with a little dialogue.

But do you remember when he started that organization about ten years ago to shadow Commissioners? The professed purpose of the group was to supply Commissioners with information on all subjects, so they would know how to be better public officials. One or two people would be assigned to each Commissioner to keep an eye on them and advise. Marion Williams laughed at the concept. Of course, Mr. Williams laughed at a lot of things. Whatever happened to that organization? Did it last long enough to give Atkins a shadow? It could have been interesting to have the “shadow” organization in opposition to the “Cabal Commissioners.”

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 11/28/12 - 03:08 pm
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Brad is right....

...one DOES have a voting record....

Trouble is....it's a BAD one..

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/28/12 - 06:52 pm
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If you count the Coliseum

If you count the Coliseum Authority, they both have voting records as public officials.

gsutke458
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gsutke458 11/28/12 - 06:15 pm
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Sorry Lori

But, I have lived in Harrisburg for 4 years, and you are not now, now will you ever be a neighborhood leader. Just because some one talks the loudest does not mean that their voice represents the whole neighborhood.

rebellious
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rebellious 11/28/12 - 06:27 pm
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The Team

is what will be hurt either way. Imagine the commission as a baseball team. And if the catcher and the second baseman hated the outfield, or vice versa, the effectiveness of the team is negatively impacted. District 1 is screwed in this one, but the overall effect of Fennoy on the team (especially with the seating of Marion Williams) will be near disastrous for moving forward. Look for a solid 2 years of some of the most ridiculous antics and manuevers ever seen in government.

Or maybe....just maybe........Williams and Fennoy could get in a good old fashionedknock down drag-out. Now that........would be a sight to see.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/28/12 - 06:56 pm
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I think it would be funny to

I think it would be funny to have Mayor Speedos in charge of Commission meetings with Williams and Fennoy present.

crackertroy
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crackertroy 11/28/12 - 09:18 pm
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challenge

Unpublished

I challenge Lori Davis to do away with the vague thoughtless propaganda.

"if anything, my neighborhood is profoundly worse" HOW is your neighborhood worse? Do you have data of ANY sort to support this statement? What EXACTLY, what SPECIFICALLY is worse about the neighborhood? What was good before that is now bad, what was bad before that is now worse???

"There have been many times in the past three years that I, as a community leader, have reached out to our current commissioner to help solve many problems, to no avail. Numerous unanswered phone calls and emails attest to this."

-Can you name a specific date at all of the "many times" you reached out? Can you name ONE specific "problem" you have tried to reach the commissioner with. Not a hundred, ONE, JUST ONE.

We can sit here all day and talk vague platitudes that mean nothing.

Someone could just as well say, "Lori Davis has done NOTHING to help District 1, she is the WORST community leader District 1 has ever seen. There have been MANY problems that she has not stood up for." What does it mean? Nothing. Just like this useless letter.

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