October 24, 2005
In just over two weeks, Augusta voters will choose a new mayor. News 12 is on your side with a close look at each of the candidates.
Each day this week we’ll be looking at different mayoral candidates. First is Helen Blocker Adams. And being first is something that she says doesn’t phase her. No woman has ever succeeded in winning the mayor’s seat in Augusta. Will she be the first? Only on News 12, meet a woman who says she’s already planning her victory party because she’s confident she will be victorious.
“There’s so many new people that are saying, you know what, we need some fresh blood to kind of wipe the slate clean,” Helen Blocker Adams said.
And Helen Blocker Adams says she is that fresh blood. Running for mayor was never a priority of hers, but she says it’s what she was called to do.
“People from the community started saying, you ought to run for mayor and I must admit the first time somebody said that to me, I said are you crazy?” Adams said.
The 46-year-old businessowner says you may not have seen her, but she’s been around.
“I’ve been working behind the scenes, helping to make commissioners and the mayor look good on a variety of projects for years,” Adams said.
And now she says it’s her time to step in the forefront and get some big things done.
“We want to expand the existing Office of Community Affairs to include a grants development that will relentlessly pursue state and federal funding so that we can bring other people’s money in this community to help with the homeless to help with youth programs, to help with a lot of the social issues,” Adams said.
And Adams says she feels she has several things working in her favor.
“From a strategic standpoint, 58% of the registered voters are woman, me being a woman, that’s an advantage for me,” Adams said.
But being in a race with veteran politicians might be a little intimidating, right?
“No, no, absolutely not. Actually it kind of fires me up because I know what I can bring to the table, my ability to bring diverse groups of people together,” Adams said,
So what about the comment that Austin Rhodes said on the radio claiming she was going to gracefully bow out of the race because she realized she had little chance of winning?
“I have no idea where he got that from. He said his power sources, but I want to let him know that his power source were a little misinformed and I think I set the record straight,” Adams said.
Economic development is what she’s selling, so it is enough to buy your vote?
“Augusta is at such point where they want a change, having a woman mayor would make a major change,” Adams said.
More about Helen Blocker Adams:
Helen Blocker Adams
Occupation: President and CEO of the HBA Group, an economic development and business event planning firm.
Community Involvement: Member of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce; Co-chair of the Human Relations Blue Ribbon Committee; Steering committee member for Augusta-Richmond County Pride and Progress.
What do you feel you can bring to the office of Mayor?
My dad was in the military, so i lived in Japan, Italy, Germany, so the ability to work with diverse groups of people and bring unity, to naturally be able to do that is something I can definitely bring.
Do you think SPLOST will pass this time?
I think for as critical and as fragile as Augusta is in terms of our government and in terms of perceptions. We have got to pass SPLOST or else we are going to be in real dire straits in 2006