Augusta, GA -
All five candidates for Augusta mayor met for a final time together before next Tuesday’s Primary Election.One week before Election Day, May 20th, Helen Blocker-Adams, Hardie Davis, Charles Cummings, Alvin mason and Lori Myles squared off one more time.
The mayoral candidates forum was just hours after Blocker Adams owned up to the news that she is in debt.However, though her opponents, the other four candidates showed solidarity.They all admitted that everyone, including them has a past.Each candidate continued to use the final forum as a platform to gain those eleventh hour votes.
“This type of attack could come on anyone of us,” said Myles.
All topics, including SPLOST and economic development were on the table at The Augusta Richmond County Committee for Good Government’s candidates forum.When prompted, candidates also shared their thoughts on Blocker-Adams confirming news that she still owes money to three creditors for a foreclosed home, repossessed car and a bank loan.
Hadie Davie shared, “All of us have a past.I think that’s the thing that all of us recognize as candidates and the thing is you deal with your past and you move forward.”
Helen Blocker Adams said her selfless character could have contributed to the problem.
“I have a heart for people.I have a heart to serve.I don’t care if I have two dollars in my pocket or two thousand dollars in my pocket, I’m going to serve the people.”
Forum questions ran the gamut.Blocker-Adams pledged to give county employees a raise, Cummings touted a better transit system, Davis ensured voters his seven years in the legislature positioned him as a good team player on both sides of the aisle, while Myles focused on infrastructure and Mason, the economy.
“First and foremost we have to have the commercial and retail development in South Augusta and we have to have our infrastructure in place to be able to bring commercial and retail development to South Augusta,” Mason said.
Charles Cummings chimed in on what he would do the next day if he wins.
“Go to the office the next day and start taking inventory of what’s going on….I want to be as ready as I possibly can,” he said.
The Committee for Good Government endorsed Hardie Davis for mayor, with Blocker-Adams coming in second.The primary will go on as scheduled next Tuesday.A lawsuit seeking to stop it was thrown out by a federal judge.