Originally created 11/05/06

Georgia House District 121 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?

Henry "Wayne" Howard - D

Public transportation is normally not a profitable department; however, it should be monitored and managed tightly. Liability and unpredictable rises in gasoline prices cannot be managed. I would not support a 1-cent sales tax exclusively for public transit but would like to see it as self-sufficient as possible.

D.L. Johnson - R

Yes, I support our public transit system. The existing routes and hours of operation need to be reviewed. I support advertising on the buses. Yes, the taxpayers must continue to subsidize them. In addition, using vans on bus routes is a viable option.

Question: What is the main issue in your district?

Henry "Wayne" Howard - D

The 121st District needs economic development that will give inner-city residents gainful employment and affordable housing. The infrastructure must be reinforced; i.e., streets repaired and dilapidated houses removed.

D.L. Johnson - R

Gangs are a serious problem throughout the district. Every day, there are armed robberies, rapes, home invasions, carjackings and domestic violence. Our children are being victimized by those who target our schools.

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

Henry "Wayne" Howard - D

The seed of the racial problem in Augusta is trust and relationship that do not always include the majority of this community. Some of the local media (have) a tendency to spotlight the mistrust and negative relationships, adding more fuel to the fire.

D.L. Johnson - R

Too many people are looking out for No. 1. Not enough people care about the well-being of their neighbors.

CANDIDATE PROFILES

Henry "Wayne" Howard - D

Age: 51

Education: Attended Augusta College

Profession: Owner/operator of Howard's Upholstery & Uniformals Unlimited

Political experience: None

Family: Wife, Cassandria; daughters, Alva Lampkin and Thelma Nicole Howard; son, LaRon Howard; a granddaughter

D.L. Johnson - R

Age: 52

Education: Diploma from Augusta Technical Institute; paralegal degree from Augusta College

Profession: Paralegal/businesswoman

Political experience: Animal Control Board

Family: Single; no children