News12 at six o'clock/ Feb. 26, 2014
Augusta, Ga (WRDW)-----We're less than three months away until Richmond county voters take to the polls. Two new people have thrown their names in the hat for Augusta mayor.
Former Augusta Commissioner Matt Aiken and school teacher Lori Myles have signed up with the Board of Elections office. Georgia Senator Hardie Davis spoke with News12 about why he wants to become Augusta's next mayor.
News12's Ryan Houston: You have experience on the state level. do you feel that this is your race to lose?
Senator Hardie Davis: I not only have experience on the state level but i understand things on the local level. I am a product of this community.
Houston:You have experience on the state level. do you feel that this is your race to lose?
Davis: "I not only have experience on the state level but I understand things on the local level. I am a product of this community."
Houston: When did you know you wanted to run for mayor?
Davis: The reality of it is there was no set and point time. People have been asking me this for two and a half years.
Houston: In 2009, you co-sponsored a bill to raise the mayor's salary. Did you know then that you would eventually run for mayor?
Davis: The reality of that point and time, I didn't have running for anything other than being the best House of Representative Member that Augusta needed.
Houston: Some think this is a step down for someone like you.
Davis: That's just not the case, as a State Senator, I have had the pleasure of serving our citizens for the past seven years.
Houston: Being a pastor has that ever affected your ability to vote in the best interest of the people?
Davis: I've had the privilege to serve this county for eight years. I have never allowed my faith to interfere with my job.
The candidates have turned in their campaign contributions for 2013 and for the first month of January 2014.
Senator Davis has brought in more than $70,000 in contributions. Augusta Commissioner Alvin Mason is in second with more than $30,000.
Helen Blocker-Adams is in third with close to $9,000. Charles Cummings is in last place bring in just $570 dollars in campaign donations.