Voters react to Augusta Mayor's debate

Thursday night 4 of the 5 Augusta mayoral candidates made their case as to why they should be the next person to lead Augusta. The forum took place in Downtown Augusta and News 12 was there for every minute of it. The Richmond County Association of Educators hosted the 2 hour program. Senator Hardie Davis missed it due to his obligations at the state senate, but either way the show did go on.

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News 12 11pm /Thursday, March 13, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Thursday night four of the five Augusta mayoral candidates made their case as to why they should be the next person to lead Augusta.

The forum took place in Downtown Augusta. The Richmond County Association of Educators hosted the two hour program.

Senator Hardie Davis missed it due to his obligations at the state senate, but either way the show went on.

The clock is ticking and it's not just winding down for Augusta's mayoral candidates, it's also ticking for voters.

Diane Hubbard said she didn't know who she was going to vote for before Thursday's debate.

Hubbard is still undecided on who'll she vote for, but Thursday night four candidates were working for her vote and it looks like one might have earned it.

"I've narrowed my opinion of who I'm going to vote for. So, yes it was worth coming," Hubbard told News 12.

That's exactly what the Richmond County Association of Educators wanted to accomplish.

The group allowed the audience to write down a question, which was then reviewed by a panel, and finally answered by each candidate.

"That's not going to be a priority in my first four years," is how Helen Blocker Adams answered the first question about changing local law to give the mayor's office more power, but Charles Cummings doesn't exactly agree.

"The city administrator has too much power and I think some of that power needs to be transferred to the mayor," he told voters.

Commissioner Alvin Mason agrees with not changing city charter and Lori Myles says she wouldn't do it initially, but it could be a future possibility. Which is something that frustrates Daryl Rolle. He believes other things -- things that affect voters -- should have been asked first.

"It sounded like things I've heard before. Nothing really new or fresh," Rolle said.

The candidates were asked about education and attracting business to the city. Something they all promised to work on, but as they race against the clock-- one voter hopes to hear from one more candidate before May 20.

"I plan to go to other forums and I'd like to hear from Hardie Davis and see what he has to say," Hubbard said.

Again Senator Davis was in Atlanta saying the final days of the session are important because that's when a lot of bills are passed.

As an elected state senator -- he says it's his job to represent Richmond County voters in the lawmaking process.


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