Originally created 11/05/06

Georgia House District 120 race



Question: How do you think public transit should be funded in Augusta, and would you support legislation that would empower the city to levy a special 1-cent sales tax for public transit?

Helen Blocker-Adams - I

There are ongoing discussions about implementing Tax Increment Financing in Augusta. There are dollars available through this economic development tool that can be used for bus shelters. Absolutely, I would support legislation that would empower the city to levy a special 1-cent sales tax for public transit.

Quincy Murphy - D

I would support legislation that would amend the current SPLOST (special purpose local option sales tax) legislation to permit local governments to include public safety and transportation as expenditures.

Question: What is the main issue in your district?

Helen Blocker-Adams - I

Revitalizing Regency Mall and the surrounding area. By 2010, the Fall Line Freeway should be complete. ... It leads directly to the Regency Mall. This location is the center of Augusta. I am actively involved in a redevelopment project off Deans Bridge Road that will also stimulate economic development.

Quincy Murphy - D

Safe neighborhoods and revitalization of prior thriving business corridors.

Question: What is at the heart of the racial problem in Augusta?

Helen Blocker-Adams - I

The lack of conversations and dialogue between the races. All races. We spend too much time talking "at" each other and not "with" each other. And that is a shame. Communications and relationship-building are two of my strengths. I have a proven track record in bringing diverse groups together to develop and implement common goals.

Quincy Murphy - D

Failure to make an attempt to understand each other's cultural differences and realize that each race has their strengths and weaknesses.

CANDIDATE PROFILES

Quincy Murphy - D

Age: 54

Occupation: President and COO of Quincy Murphy & Associates, an insurance and financial services firm

Education: Bachelor of science degree from North Carolina A&T State University, 1974

Political background: Georgia House of Representatives, 2003-present; member of higher education, insurance and transportation committees

Family: Wife, Linda; daughter and son

Helen Blocker-Adams - I

Age: 47

Occupation: Small-business owner/entrepreneur, The HBA Group Intl.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in journalism, Georgia State University

Political background: Augusta mayoral candidate, 2005

Family: Single