Originally created 04/02/04

Commissioner is committed



Recently, in The Augusta Chronicle's Rants and Raves there was a rave to Augusta Commissioner Bobby Hankerson for spearheading the effort to keep the Deans Bridge Road Bi-Lo store open. This rave is well deserved for a man who has continued to keep his campaign promise of serving his constituency.

What Commissioner Hankerson was able to accomplish in such a short period was nothing short of amazing. First, he arranged a meeting with Bi-Lo company officials. Then he was able to bring together neighborhood associations, other government leaders and the NAACP to rally at the store. All this was done in two days. He even stood in front of the store himself for hours talking to residents and getting signatures on petitions. I firmly believe that his quick response to this crisis was the key instrument in keeping this store open.

However, this is nothing out of the ordinary for this fine statesman. From the sidewalks on Glenn Hills Drive to his quarterly meetings with his constituents to hear their concerns, Commissioner Hankerson does not just deliver lip service; he delivers public service. He has vowed to see something done with Regency Mall and bring economic development back to south Augusta, and I am confident he will do just that.

Augusta, particularly residents of District 5, are blessed to have a man who truly cares about this community.

Elliott Bing, Augusta