Should commissioners change how next year's election will work?

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News12 at 6 o'clock/ Monday, Nov. 18, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW)---- The Richmond County Board of Elections plan to leave next year's mayor's race dates up to those in Atlanta. Another state leader says he has a better idea of how to handle it.

"We ought to look at making our commission races partisan," said State Representative Wayne Howard.

Howard said since State Republicans are trying to move the mayor and commission races from November to July. He says everybody running should have to announce whether they're a Democrat or Republican.

"I don't think that will happen me personally. Locally races, I believe should remain non-partisan," said Mayor Deke Copenhaver.

"I want to make it clear to those who would try to do something like this. Alvin Mason will be in the race whenever the race is," said Commissioner Alvin Mason.

"I don't know how that would benefit anybody," said Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle.

In Richmond County, according to election officials those running as a Democrat have won more races than those listed as Republican. However, if the local election in November, we're told more Republicans usually turn out during July races.

"Why would you want one certain party representing you," said Guilfoyle.

Some say the federal government shut down was due to republicans and democrats not agreeing. Copenhaver says to have that kind of a divide wouldn't be helpful on a local level.

"The divisive things we see on the federal level, I think they've become so hyper partisan and it's not something we should introduce here," said Copenhaver.

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