Originally created 09/13/03

Qualifying ends for commission



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

DISTRICT 2:

  • Incumbent Marion F. Williams, 55, the pastor of Friendship Baptist Church
  • Freddie Lee Handy, 60, an electrician, who served on the commission from 1993 until 1999
  • Charlie Hannah, 36, a photographer
  • DISTRICT 4:

  • Incumbent Richard A. Colclough, 64
  • DISTRICT 6:

  • Incumbent Fred "Andy" Cheek III, 47, a Savannah River Site manager
  • DISTRICT 8:

  • Regina Renae Bryant, 37, the owner of a private learning center
  • Harold "Dusty" Rhodes, 68, who is retired
  • Robert J. Buckwitz, 37, the maintenance supervisor of Unimin Corp and owner of Quality Tire and Lube in Hephzibah
  • SUPER DISTRICT 10:,

  • Don A. Grantham, 64, the president of Forest Sales Corp, who served on the old Richmond County Commission from 1992 through 1994

  • Cleonard G. "Sonny" Pittman Jr., 57, a retired military officer and mortgage banker

  • Bobby D. Cheeks, 71, an accountant
  • Reach Sylvia Cooper at (706) 823-3228 or sylviaco@augustachronicle.com.