News 12 at 6 o'clock, September 12, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga.---Get ready for some changes as election time rolls around, this time in Augusta's Commission.
Dr. Ralph Walker has spent most of his life studying Augusta politics--38 years to be exact. As we gear up for this year's Commission race, he predicts, "We'll see many of the same faces back, but two new faces for the two open seats."
Commissioners Andy Cheek and Marion Williams' seats are both up for grabs. Dr. Walker says, "Name recognition is probably the most important thing you can have...a politician one time said, 'I don't care what they say about me as long as they talk about me.'"
Here's something to talk about. In a crowded field of candidates six new people are emerging, three of them women. Dr. Walker says, "Some of the new candidates might have a pretty good chance because I think people are looking for some new faces."
There are seventeen candidates looking to fill some of the seats. The only problem is there are only five vacancies. Election officials say this could make for a heated race, and Dr. Walker agrees.
Dr. Walker says he is not ruling out upsets. In District 4, Alvin Mason is returning to challenge Bernard Harper. In the last election only 90 votes separated the two. "That's gonna be a very hotly contested race. You could see a change there."
No change is likely in District 8. Commissioner Jimmy Smith is running unopposed. In District 10, Commissioner Don Grantham is facing one challenger. Bottom line, when November 6th rolls around, it's your call. Don't abstain--vote yes or no.