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Augusta Mayoral Candidate Profile: Charles Cummings

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Augusta, GA - Charles Cummings says improving bus service for the city of Augusta is one way to help the Garden City grow.

We talked about that...we also talked about Super C and the circumstances surrounding that club. As with each candidate, we ask Mr. Cummings to show us what was important to him. So, he extended the invitation for us to join him at the Tubman Education Center.

From military officer to entrepreneur, Charles Cummings says he wants to be the next mayor of Augusta. "My qualifications stem from my 20 years of successful business in Richmond County," he says.

Cummings says he's owned a number of businesses over the years. In 2007, trouble broke out at his 'Super C's Lounge' on Tobacco Road. A teenager was shot and killed inside that club,

Were you aware that there were underage individuals in your establishment, Charles? "That never happened, we've never been cited for underaged drinking in the entire 20 years I ran my business,"  he answered.

However, soon after that incident, Super C's lost their liquor license, which later ended up in his wife's name.

"In their interpretation of the law, they took my initial license and decided that I couldn't put a license in my name, even though I could not commit a crime. And so, in order to open my business back up, my wife decided to put it in her name," Cummings said.

What did they accuse you of, or why did they say you couldn't put it in your name?" we asked. "I'm not accused of anything," Cummings answered. "Well, why did they say you couldn't put it in your name?" we asked. "They said, if your license was taken away, then you can't have one put in your name. That was the statement made," he answered.

Now, Cummings is focused on making an impact in the lives of young people. He invited us to join him at the Tubman Education Center, where they help teens graduate from high school. On this day, they were celebrating student achievement...achievements that he hopes will translate into jobs when the Cyber Command comes to Fort Gordon.

His signature campaign issue is the bus system...

"We don't have adequate transportation in place, we can't continue to make excuses why we don't have adequate transportation," Cumings told me.

And, as Mayor, he plans to change that. "The Transit System functions [out] of the general fund, general funds come off the taxpayer dollars, taxpayer dollars come from businesses, businesses depend on people to go to work. So, we've got to expand the hours, got to expand the routes, and the days," he said.

If elected, Cummings says he'll hold managers accountable. "As your mayor, I'm going to require those managers to give me reports and updates on any financial thing they may be involved with," he said. And, he also offers this, "as your Mayor, if I don't have any trophies hanging on my wall, don't vote me back in."

Cummings says he ran the Bethlehem Center and provided tutoring to students for 2 years without pay. He also says he'll do a great job even though he hasn't served as Mayor, pointing to Bob Young and Deke Copenhaver.

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