Augusta Mayoral Candidate Profile: Helen Blocker-Adams
By Kimberely Scott, WJBF Anchor/News at 10 on the CW Anchor - email
Photo of Augusta Mayoral candidate Helen Blocker-Adams
Augusta, GA -
Helen Blocker Adams is no stranger to Augusta. She's a Glenn Hills High School graduate and she even had a talk show on the radio for a while. Now, she's facing an uphill battle as she sets her sights on the mayor's seat. She sat down with our Kimberely Scott to tell us why.
She's an author and a small business owner...now she's running for another title.
For this set of interviews we wanted to see the candidates through a very different lenses, so Helen Blocker-Adams invited us to join her at the 14th Annual Women's Leadership Conference.
With the recent news of Blocker-Adams' financial troubles, she's still working the campaign trail. "A lot of times, it's easier to help somebody get through it if you've been through something yourself."
When we sat down, news that she still owes money to three creditors for a foreclosed home, repossessed car, and a bank loan was not public knowledge. However, she did refer to past experiences making her a better candidate. "I've grown a lot, I've learned a lot more, I recognize more and more the needs of the community and feel like I have more and feel like I have the skill sets to work with diverse groups of people," she said.
At one time, she graced Augusta airwaves and says she has run her own marketing company for nearly 22 years. She sees herself as an ambassador for small business. "For small business growth, so whatever we need to do, to enhance, whether it's tax incentive, whether its working with the landlords to give some of these small business owners a break," she said.
Blocker-Adams invited us to attend her annual Women's Leadership Conference, which is a day filled with vendors and inspirational speakers meant to encourage women from across the CSRA.
"I've never been an elected official, so the things that I've done wasn't because I got a title. It's because I come up with a good idea, I bring the right people together, create a win-win situation, and people will buy in without being paid a dime, without being coursed because I've got a title beside my name," she said.
This is the 14th year for the event. Recently criticized about inviting Herman Cain to Augusta, Blocker-Adams says when it comes to campaigns, it's all about raising money. "Herman Cain is a friend of mine, just like Lee Elder that was here, both of those are friends of mine, longtime friends. All candidates find creative ways to raise money and bring awareness and that is what that was about," she said.
From bringing the community together to bringing in national names, Helen Blocker-Adams says she has what it takes, "so that influence without a title is...I'm the right choice mainly because of that."
She is no stranger to the political arena, she also ran for mayor against Deke Copenhaver back in 2005, and for a Georgia House of Representatives seat seat in 2006.
Election day is May 20th. Thursday evening, at 5:00 p.m., we will hear from candidate Alvin Mason.