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Column: Upcoming city elections warrant more attention

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Republican political strategist Dave Barbee called to complain about the lack of news on the upcoming May 24 elections. He said people don’t know what’s goi...

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  1. You get what you elect…I know you don’t have much choice but choose wisely…call the candidates and tell them you won’t vote for them unless they come out on record to agree to audit the mayors office..the shenanigans of fiduciary malfeasance in that office has gone unchecked long enough…

  2. I have yet to see any statement of actual policy/philosophy from any of the candidates. Probably because most of them don’t have any, except to satisfy their own egos. And qualifications? The term vacuum comes to mind…

  3. I recently asked myself if I would run for elected office in Augusta and quickly answered no. I could not tolerate the immutable inefficiencies, politics, personal agendas, incompetence, graft, and corruption. The inability to plan, execute, and operate any worthwhile project, that would only serve the people and better the community, would render the salary and benefits worthless. I also concluded that anyone with the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities to be an effective leader and manager in the private sector would not run for office in Augusta.

    Visionaries without the ability to plan and execute are worthless. Only those with large egos, no ethics or morals, and/or no marketable skills need apply.

    I do admire, respect, and thank the 2-3 commissioners who are trying to make Augusta’s government more efficient, transparent, cost-effective, ethical, legal, and responsive to our citizens.

  4. Regarding the lack of information regarding the election, I would say the lack of interest from the local media plays a part. Our neighborhood association held a candidate forum and even though press releases were sent, flyers were dispensed, listings were made on community calendars/social media, & radio announcements were sent we did not receive much traction this year, unlike years past. The absence of the Metro Spirit, the Augusta Chronicle’s lack of local ownership, & the out of town conglomerates that own the local tv channels make it difficult for community organizations to inform residents about local interests. TAP is making tremendous inroads, but it is still in the process of growing as the new kid on the block. There needs to be a central source where persons can access information in the community as a public service.

  5. Anyone remember when Bob Young then Deke Copenhaver made you proud of our elected officials. Although unfortunately we are set up in a “weak major” form of government both actually lead. I’m embarrassed by who represents Augusta.

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