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The Augusta Commission Candidate Forum sees races for Districts 5 and 9

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – The voter registration deadline in Georgia is Monday, April 22, and the May primary is a month away on May 21.

There are races for sheriff, district attorney and Augusta commissioners in May.

Candidates for Commission Districts 5 and 9 filled the booths at Alleluia Community School Saturday evening to hear from incumbents and challengers trying to secure commission seats.

For District 5, Commissioner Bobby Williams and challenger Don “DC” Clark both spoke about tonight’s biggest recurring topic: keeping Augusta-Richmond County clean.

Bobby Williams said, “When you’re home, you want to clean your house, just like in Augusta, Georgia, it’s our home, it’s where we stay, we have to keep it clean, we have the maintenance. .”

Don Clark said, “I think we need to hold people accountable. We have the services in place, we have built it into our budgets to maintain our facilities. You wouldn’t build anything without arranging it within your budget.”

Super District 9 candidates Commissioner Francine Scott and former Commissioner Marion Williams also spoke about keeping the county clean.

This super district seat overlooks Districts 1, 2, 4 and 5.

Francine Scott said: “We have several departments doing the same thing. And what I think we need to do is consolidate those kinds of services.”

Marion Williams said, “I look at the cleanup in Augusta, how one side of Augusta is looking one way, and the other side of Augusta is looking the other way. There is trash everywhere on the streets…”

Mayor Garnett Johnson also appeared at Saturday’s forum and spoke about bringing voting rights to the mayor’s seat during commission meetings, rather than just being a tie-breaking vote.

Mayor Johnson said, “It provides accountability to the only at-large elected official in our entire government. So they can take action to get things done. As you can see, the abstention rule has prevented progress in Augusta Richmond County.”

Early voting begins on Monday, April 29, and Georgia’s primary election day is on Tuesday, May.