Mr. Russell’s electability hinges on two important questions. First, is Augusta ready for a black mayor and a black sheriff? Second, is Augusta ready for a black female mayor? White Augusta voters must feel comfortable with those ideas. Also, they must be willing to base their voting decisions on the content of character and not the color of the candidates’ skin or gender.
If the voters are ready and willing in 2014, Helen Blocker-Adams, not Russell, will be the next mayor of Augusta.