Two prominent commissioners on the way out

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, November 05, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---They've become household names: Commissioner Marion Williams with his hard drive drama and Commissioner Andy Cheek with his Ellis Street option. Now their days on the Augusta Commission are coming to a close. News 12 takes a look at what's next.

"All you ever do is hear them fussing and wining and crying about what they could do but you never see them do nothing," said Augusta resident Chris Perdue. Chris is fed up with the Augusta Commission. He is hoping tomorrow's vote ushers in change.

Outgoing commissioner Andy Cheek's wife Terri is turning the other cheek. "I think the city of Augusta is losing a great asset with his passion and his ideas." Ideas like digging up Ellis Street and turning it into a waterway and putting Augusta on the fast track with a new drag strip.

"That's all crazy," Chris said. "Our schools need upgrading, our roads need upgrading."

Mayor Deke Copenhaver told News 12, "It's not a bad thing to talk about lofty goals for the city. One thing I will say is that we have spent too much on feasibility studies." One example: the city spent $25,000 for a drag strip study the city calls flawed.

In this changing of the chairs, at least two new people are certain. Mayor Copenhaver is hoping you'll get out and make your voice heard. It's a Commission with only a 20% approval rating.

"I think they all need to be replaced, and I think we've got a weak mayor to not get them in position to get along and let's have progress with Augusta instead of fighting all the time," Chris said.

"People are willing to complain about the direction of our government...you know I've got one vote and I will cast mine tomorrow, but I would ask that people really stand up and turn out and really come out in large numbers. You can make a difference. This is a pivotal point in Augusta's government, but I need the help of the people," said Mayor Copenhaver.

Terri has some advice for the winners: "Yeah, they've got to have some thick skin!"

"We have to return trust in our government to the people. That is an absolute must," Copenhaver said.

With 17 candidates on the ballot, a runoff is likely.

Tomorrow's Commission meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, November 8.

The newly-elected commissioners will take their seats in January.


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  • by augusta citizen on Nov 6, 2007 at 09:06 AM
    don't let the door hit you on the way out!
  • by Jim Location: ugusta on Nov 6, 2007 at 04:31 AM
    Prominent ? Such an misnomer for a couple of clowns. Maybe now the "drag-strip" and sewer ditch down Ellis street will be forgotten.
  • by ron Location: augusta on Nov 5, 2007 at 03:56 PM
    First, who is Chris Perdue?? Also I don't think the two leaving will leave next Tuesday, I think their term expires at the end of 2007?? While the current commissioners have not accomplished anything but discord within their ranks, I don't see anyone any better that is running for their jobs. Most people are too smart to run and be made fun of everyday. Many of the current candidates for the two positions are either habitual DUI, speeding or domestic violence offenders and also people that don't pay their taxes and/or bills on time. Too many tickets and judgements against them. I would like to see someone running that can balance their own checkbook, speak English in complete sentences, pay their taxes, don't drink and drive, with no bankruptcies, responsible, and smart enough to have some vision for Augusta.
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