News 12 11pm/ Monday September 16, 2013
Augusta, Ga (WRDW)---- We've known now for weeks, but today Helen Blocker Adams officially joins Commissioners Joe Jackson and Alvin Mason--along with State Senator Hardie Davis and former Army Captain Charles Cummings in the race for mayor of Augusta.
"It's early, but they have their reasons," said Mayor Deke Copenhaver.
Whatever there reason might be the current mayor knows whoever wins must be ready to hit the ground running.
"Consolidation of the university, with the growth at Plant Vogtle--that's one of the things--managing the future grow of the city that I think is going to be a big issue for them to tackle," the mayor told News12.
All of the candidates so far agree on bringing jobs, attracting business, and showcasing the city--but the mayor also suggests focusing on the river front. He hopes to get the ball rolling on developing 40 acres on the Savannah -- but if he can't -- he hopes the next mayor will make that a priority.
"When you think about it there are all shorts of opportunities to really mix the uses-- I think that we should have people living, working, and playing on our river front," he said.
The mayor also says he challenges all the candidates to run a positive campaign and to remember -- the mayor is the lead sales person for the city -- and slinging mud gets everybody dirty; and as far as picking a candidate he will support the mayor says only time will tell.
"I haven't established that at this point--I think I'm going to wait and see until 2014--and I don't know if I'll publicly endorse or not," he told News12.
Qualifying starts April 29th and ends May 2nd so there's still a little more time for a few more names to drop.