BREAKING ON 6: Helen Blocker-Adams Suspends Augusta Mayoral Campaign
By Randy Key, WJBF Web Content Coordinator - email
Photo of Helen Blocker-Adams
Augusta, GA -
WJBF News Channel 6 has learned Helen Blocker-Adams has suspended her campaign to be Augusta's next mayor.
The last few days have been tough for Blocker-Adams, as it came out this week that she owes nearly $70,000 to three different creditors, and former Mayor Bob Young said on social media and WJBF News Channel 6 that Blocker-Adams needed to withdraw from the race.
Blocker-Adams held a press conference Thursday afternoon.
Read the transcript of what she said below:
At a press conference held Thursday afternoon, Helen Blocker-Adams withdrew from the Augusta Mayoral race. Her withdrawal comes after questions involving her personal finances.
These last few days have been hard and humiliating. It has have shown me that I have to work on me and especially my financial challenges. I take full responsibility for the debt and for my mistakes. I failed to let my campaign team and family know about any of the personal financial details in my life & I regret that. If my executive team knew what they know now, they would have advised me not to run for mayor.
I have always been an independent person and felt I could get things done by myself. As a woman who knows and loves The Lord, I realize that is pride and He has revealed that to me over the past few days.
Augusta is my home. I love this city and the people who live, work & play here. My focus has always been to affect change and improve the lives for all Augustans. My heart and compassion is for Augusta and all it's people and that will continue to be important to me.
I know I have let many people down & I am deeply sorry for that. I ask for your forgiveness.
The love & support from this community has been overwhelming. Effective immediately I am suspending my campaign and run for mayor.
We will have much more as more information becomes available during our Thursday evening newscasts.