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Augusta mayoral candidates Donald Bradshaw, Lucas Johnson and Steven Kendrick say their top priority if elected would be to restore the public’s trust and c...

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  1. Here is the answer that neither Hannah or Hasan answered
    Here is the answer to the online question about school performance-virtually every school has had a performance at the “D” or “F” rating for the last decade plus.

    RCBOE School ratings 2013-2019
    2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
    Overall D D D D F D D F
    ES F D D D F D C F
    MS D D D F F D D F
    HS D D D C F D D D

  2. Vote for anyone other than Lori Myles who wants to build a mayoral mansion. What a joke! She wants a public office so bad she can’t stand it. Has she paid back the money she was ordered to pay back? Anyone that wants her hands on taxpayer money is a fool!

  3. I agree that it’s ridiculous to blame slow growth on the “Augusta-Richmond County” moniker. I know of no one who calls this place Augusta-Richmond County…no one. It’s Augusta. That is just that candidate’s insipid platform, and we’ll end up with more of the same nothingness if he’s elected.
    I’m leaning toward hoping Marion Williams as being the next mayor, for just 2 simple reasons. I agree with Bob Young in that the man knows how this government runs and is pretty much transparent. But it’s also because, I believe, Williams will call a spade a spade and wouldn’t be afraid to call someone out on their BS. I’d almost look forward to reading the notes on the latest commission meetings!

  4. Just wanted to follow up on Sylvia’s past story on the condition of the Riverwalk. I was at the Augusta Market yesterday, so I decided to walk the upper and lower sections of the Riverwalk. First, I did notice some repairs to the upper walkway, particularly the worst granite sections being replaced with concrete. And the trash cans had very recently been emptied, and all had fresh bags. Some of the planters had recently been planted with plants, so they should look very nice in the near future. I would say there is much work still to be done on the walkway repairs going forward. The bottom walk was abysmal. The slopes are highly eroded in areas, and it is obvious the vegetation has not been maintained in a very long time. The perennial gardens near the marina are in awful shape, which goes to show that the city likely doesn’t have a good relationship with the local garden clubs. The marina itself is the bright spot of the lower walk.

  5. Garnett Johnson is the ONLY candidate who started their own business and had to grow that business to the point he can employ others. He understands economic development from the ground up. A businessman who can highlight Augusta’s best attributes to prospective new businesses.

  6. A major problem, as I see it, is that we don’t know if any of these candidates are honorable until they get in off. Hardly Davis turned sleezy once elected. Lad to West Augusta voters. I thought Kendrick was OK until he turns sleazy even before the election. I missed the forum but liked Youngs questions. I would’ve had two questions for all candidates:
    Will you support diversity by appointing some white persons, and will you not appointing friends and family?

  7. “Hasan said he suspects the lack of growth since consolidation might be attributed to being Augusta-Richmond County instead of just plain Augusta, …” If we can all the other cities in America to disassociate with their counties, problems fixed. His logic is overwhelming.

  8. I HAVE NEVER MET MAYORAL CANDIDATE GARNETT JOHNSON , BUT I WAS MOST IMPRESSED WITH HIS PLATFORM AT THIS FIRST MAYORAL FORUM .
    GARNETT JOHNSON SAID THAT HE WOULD NOT NEED A $500,000 BUDGET TO RUN THE MAYOR’S OFFICE ,
    OR A GAS CARD ,
    OR A COUNTY VEHICLE ,
    AND HE’S GOING TO PAY HIS OWN TRAVEL EXPENSES .
    “IT’S MY GOAL TO SHRINK THE MAYOR’S BUDGET.”
    THAT IS A GOOD STARTING POINT ,
    BUT TELL US ABOUT PLANS TO SHRINK THE CITY – COUNTY BUDGET AND TO REDUCE OUR PROPERTY TAXES .

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