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.