November 7, 2005
Tuesday is Election Day and the four candidates for mayor will spend the final hours trying to get every vote they can. News 12 is on your side to show you how they’re spending the last moments on the campaign trail and how an unwanted runoff may be unavoidable.
Many voters, including some of the candidates themselves, are saying the mayor’s race is going to be a close one. You’ve got four candidates running and a 50 percent plus one vote majority required to win. So each candidate is out and about today hoping to round up more support.
Signs are up and the shirts are out just over 10 hours before polls open, but the candidates for mayor aren’t slowing down.
“I feel great about it,” Tommy Boyles said.
Tommy Boyles spent much of his day outside in the sun. He says he wants to be where the people are.
“I’m going to hit every intersection and do some of this. I’ve got some campaign meetings this afternoon,” Boyles said.
Meanwhile, Deke Copenhaver is inside his campaign headquarters reviewing his budget. He says he’s put in the work, and believes it will all pay off tomorrow.
“I feel really good. I think we are going to shock a whole lot of people and Augusta will come out and vote for change,” Copenhaver said.
Just across town, Helen Blocker-Adams is delivering shirts to student volunteers from Paine College and says the preponderance of support she’s getting has got her pumped up.
“We have got such a tremendous group of people that’s all lined up to work with us tomorrow from two years old to 90 years old and I’m so excited right now,” Blocker-Adams said.
Willie Mays spent most of his day as interim mayor in committee meetings, but at his headquarters, his staff isn’t missing a beat, they are giving out signs and making sure voters have transportation.
“Getting people out to the polls, making these telephone calls, canvassing the neighborhoods and letting everyone know that our buses will be ready tomorrow morning,” said Sheila Paulk, Willie Mays’ Campaign Manager.
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