District 1 runoff a loaded race

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It's been a long election season, but these local candidates are making one last push.

If you think you're ready for the campaigning to end, you're not alone.

“I was hoping that I’d be looking at football games and eating turkey on Thanksgiving, but I'm gonna be out campaigning,” said candidate William “Bill” Fennoy.

“I know it's a holiday season, we've had a lot of elections in the last 18 months, from the presidential all the way down, but I think now is the time to really make one more statement,” said incumbent candidate Matt Aitken.

From the candidates themselves -- they're tired, and they know you are, too.

But for those in District 1, they're asking for one more vote.

“I know we are all tired of elections. I know that we are tired of seeing ads on our television and just probably exhausted as a nation, quite frankly, after the grueling six months or so we've been through, but for those voters in District 1, there's still work to be done,” said Board of Elections Director Lynn Bailey.

Many parts of District 1 are already in the works.

The long-awaited TEE Center, the upcoming 15th Street Corridor Project and the recurring violence problems at River Glen and Cherry Tree are all in District 1.

So even though there are only two names on the ballot, this is a loaded race.

“A lot of people in this district want to see progress and if you look around the district, there's a lot of progress going on,” Aitken said.

“Let your voices be heard. A vote-less people is a hopeless people, so come out and vote and choose the candidate of your choice,” Fennoy said.

Both candidates are confident the people won't disappoint.

“You can't just give up now because you're sick of it. It's time now for the really hard push now, to dig deep and try to get your voters out and that's really the key for the runoff, is who can inspire their voters and get them back out to the polls. So we’ll see,” Bailey said.

The Board of Elections office is the only location you can vote during this runoff.

The office will be open for advanced voting Monday through Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and then from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. the week before the runoff.

Even though the candidates may be working, the office will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving holidays.

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