Ronnie Few files intent to run for Augusta mayor

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There's another name in the race for Augusta mayor.

News 12's Jonathan Martin spoke with former fire chief Ronnie Few as he filed an intent to run.

He's no stranger to many in Augusta, once serving as fire chief...but now Ronnie Few is vying for the top job as Augusta's next mayor.

"I could have lived anywhere in the world, but I came back here to Augusta, Georgia," Few said.

Late Friday afternoon, June 2, Few filed a card of intent in the board of elections, officially making him eligible to accept campaign contributions.

Many will remember Few as Augusta's former fire chief who came under fire when a grand jury report revealed he was an irresponsible financial manager.

"I don't worry about the negatives," Few told News 12. "I don't think about it, don't look back. I look at a brand new beginning, an opportunity for someone to come in and make those necessary changes, tough changes, and I'm the person to do it."

Few later worked as fire chief in Washington, DC before stepping down in 2002.

But as mayor of Augusta, Few's focus will be on fairness in government and economic development.

"At the end of the day we will have a city we can enjoy and love here."

And he hopes the changes he made during his tenure as fire chief will help voters see what he could do for Augusta.

"I was able to come in as the new consolidated fire chief and we made those necessary changes. Now we need a change in our government," he said.

Few is the second candidate to file an intent to run in Augusta's mayoral election this past week.

The other is businessman Steven Kendrick.

Incumbent Deke Copenhaver and "Gil" Gilyard have also announced their intent to run.