Augusta, GA -
A major shakeup in the race for Augusta mayor came just five days before the Primary Election.Helen Blocker-Adams has suspended her campaign.She was a front-runner in the race, placing second in most polls, despite recent allegations of financial trouble.
Thursday afternoon, a very emotional Blocker-Adams entered her downtown headquarters, quickly announced she was no longer running for Mayor, and immediately left the facility.
The press conference began with a prepared statement:
“These last few days have been hard and humiliating,” said Blocker-Adams, with her family and executive team by her side.
Though difficult, Blocker-Adams addressed civil suits brought to the media’s attention Tuesday.Though she said the $70,000 of debt from the 1990's through 2003 was satisfied, in her book, she still pledged to rectify the situation.
“If there is any legal debt that has not been satisfied, then I will honor my commitment to pay them,” she said.
The tables turned two days later with the Mayoral candidate saying she has work to do on herself and her financial challenges.
She said, “Effective immediately, I am suspending my campaign and my run for mayor.”
Blocker-Adams previously stated that her repossessed vehicle, a bank loan with her recently deceased ex-husband, and a foreclosure, were all due to life and being in business for herself for 22 years.As the week continued, Blocker-Adams also had to address multiple eviction and dispossess notices.
“I take full responsibility for the debt and for my mistakes.I failed to let my campaign team and my parents and family know about some of my personal financial details in my life, and I regret that.If my executive team knew what they know now, they would have advised me not to run for mayor,” Blocker-Adams said.
Blocker-Adams was on the countdown to becoming Augusta’s next mayor, suspending her campaign just five days away from the Primary Election.
At the conclusion of the press conference, Blocker-Adams asked for forgiveness from the people she let down.She said her work in the city, improving the lives of Augustans, will not change.
Since Blocker-Adams has only suspended her campaign, she is still eligible to receive votes, which means she could still have an impact on Tuesday's primary.
If she signs an affidavit officially withdrawing from the race, those who have voted ahead of Tuesday's primary will have their votes nullified, if they voter for her for Mayor.