Ballots for Democratic primary will ask voters' opinions on local issues

Voters in the Richmond County Democratic primary will get to weigh in on local issues in a straw poll placed on the ballot by the local party.


The poll results are not binding, but officials have said they're curious about the public's opinion on the issues.

The questions inquire about using public money for "private investment in the Golf & Garden properties" and building "a new stadium replacing the Lake Olmstead baseball stadium," in addition to whether voters favor a return to once-weekly garbage collection and construction of a public performing arts center.

The state-owned former Georgia Golf Hall of Fame property is expected to go up for auction, and Mayor Deke Copenhaver and developer Jacoby have expressed a strong interest in building a entertainment complex there, for use primarily as a new baseball stadium for the Augusta GreenJackets.

Richmond County Democratic Party Chairman Lowell Green-baum hopes the questions raise turnout for the primary, where four Democrats are vying for the gubernatorial nomination, five for secretary of state and three for commissioner of labor.

"It's important that we have very good candidates" going into the Nov. 2 election because a Democratic governor and attorney general would be able to influence upcoming redistricting decisions, Greenbaum said.

Though former Gov. Roy Barnes will likely win the Democratic gubernatorial nomination outright, he and Attorney General Thurbert Baker are waging competitive campaigns, Greenbaum said.



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