Qualifying for seats on the Augusta Commission ended Friday with two incumbents unchallenged and only one surprise - Jimmy Smith running for the District 8 seat.
Mr. Smith qualified for the seat being vacated by Ulmer Bridges, who is not eligible to seek re-election.
Mr. Smith is a retired businessman and the founder of Pride and Progress, an organization formed to improve south Augusta. He said he decided to run at the insistence of his friends, many of whom turned out in a show of support Friday afternoon.
Also qualifying for the District 8 seat was Thomas Atkins, 57, a land acquisition agent for the city.
Mr. Atkins served on the Richmond County Board of Education from 1980-87 and ran for the state Legislature three years ago.
OTHERS QUALIFYING THIS WEEK
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