North Augusta to hear from all candidates for office


North Augusta, SC (WJBF)- Tonight, political candidates in North Augusta will meet face to face to talk about their platforms.

It’s a one-stop shop for voters to hear from their candidates. Republican and Democratic candidates for mayor and the three open City Council seats will share their visions at the North Augusta Community Center.

“I’m a life coach and a motivational speaker and a lot of times when I’m coaching my class, I tell them, sometimes you’ve got to stop living, so that you can live,” said Richard Adams, Democratic mayoral candidate.

Adams said finished projects that are stalled in North Augusta, such as Riverside Village, is important.

Adams is the first Democratic candidate for the office in recent memory. I spoke with the Board of Elections and the folks there said they don’t remember the last time a Democrat ran for office in North Augusta.

Adams said he shares the same hopes for North Augusta’s future as most voters.

“You may be surprised that my vision for this city aligns with yours. I just so happen to be a Democrat and represent the Democratic Party, but ultimately my goal is to represent the entire city of North Augusta,” he said.

Adams’s Republican opponent Briton Williams believes it’s important for voters to turnout. He said local elections impact voters more directly than state-wide or federal elections.

“The key is, are people voting. So if Richard Adams is getting people who have not voted in the past out to vote, that’s positive. My job as a Republican is to convince one more persona than he, and he has to convince one more person than me, that his platform is going to be the best for the community,” Williams said.

Williams said he has a plan for the city and is ready to put it into action.

“If I’m fortunate enough to become mayor, the day after I’m elected, guess what? We’re gonna go to work. I don’t have to think about it,” Williams said. “I have an action item workable plan that we can begin. And that’s the leadership we need to move us forward. It’s not talking. It’s action. And I believe I have a plan to do that.”

The forum begins at 6 pm and there is limited seating available.

To RSVP, 803-644-2362 by 5 pm today.

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