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Michael Meyers: Today’s primary offers something to smile about

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Elections coming today – let’s smile about something.

To kick off this week’s column, I would like to congratulate the entire community for the early voting turnout. By the end of last week, Columbia County had more than 11,000 early ballots cast, and Richmond County had 13,000 early voters.

That’s a tremendous number and larger than any other early voting numbers in local history. We should all be excited to see the potential numbers for Election Day. Several races are driving the turnout, and I truly believe we can expect the most interest in our local races—especially the race for mayor of Augusta. Here’s hoping for a favorable outcome and even more interest for the November general election. 

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Speaking of elections, terms and offices held, a question that has come up many times is whether to change the city charter. I believe it’s time to REVISIT the thought, although I know this will raise some eyebrows. However, we are in a different place now, and the potential for good candidates is growing. 

I believe the only way the city of Augusta will be able to compete with Columbia County in growth and sustainability is to get people who are already thinking about the future. 

Augusta’s in-coming mayor will have a large task in the area of community healing the moment he walks in the door. There seem to be major trust issues from top to bottom.  We know in advance that whoever is elected will have to fight the community “watchdogs” who will be barking at every move he makes. 

With this being said, I believe we must revisit the charter, including considering current term limits. I believe that it may take a little longer than eight years to turn the city government around. So, maybe there should be some community input and consideration on how the charter should be changed.

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Don’t get me wrong. Making such changes would require considerable help from the legislature. I believe with community input, a new look would spur some change for the good. Most would agree that our current system of government is not working in a productive manner; we actually hear this all the time.

Let’s think about this. The mayor and commissioners are limited to two terms of four years each, but the sheriff can remain in office as long as he wants — and is re-elected. Even school board members don’t “term-out.” Now I’m not saying those things need to be changed; I’m just saying all those things need to be considered. Make sure to drop your thoughts below. 

Speaking of Good News
Let me throw a few things out that made me smile this week and other things I’m looking forward to.

This week another kid in the Meyers’ household finishes school. Our son Cameron will graduate from high school and head to the military; what a blessing for my family.

I would also like to send our congratulations to Dylan B. of Greenbrier on his graduation. Congratulations to my nephew—“Not-so-Little Perry Smith Jr.” on his upcoming graduation. He has signed to play D1 basketball at the University of Vermont.

I say “not-so-little Perry” because he’s named after his father — but the kid is 6’9.”

Make sure to tell a graduating senior congratulations.

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In this crazy world, when we see kids finish high school – that use to be a small task—now that’s a MAJOR gain. Congratulations to the entire class of 2022.

Can’t forget the North Augusta 7U Royals on their big come from behind victory in the Rec Championships. I had an opportunity to watch some of the playoffs, and all the kids involved were great. Shoutout to “Big Hit” Davis for some base clearing dingers. 

What I was most impressed about is the level of turnout and family involvement at every field. Parents, grandparents, friends and even community people came out to cheer kids on.

This is what I remember growing up – when I played Rec sports. Maybe the time sitting at home during the COVID-19 shutdown gave some people a need to re-focus. Either way, I’m excited about it. 

Now let’s get down and talk some more election business

My election predictions are as follows: About a 45% turnout for Richmond County and a 68% turnout for Columbia County. This is because people are really interested in more races in Columbia County compared to RC. Most people feel the biggest race in Richmond County is the mayor’s race. If the turnout gets over 55%, I don’t believe there will be a runoff—in the mayor’s race that is. The commission races have not been as exciting this time. However, if the candidates have electrified their bases, we will have the possibility of seeing record-setting primary numbers in Augusta. 

Columbia County has excitement in so many races, and you will see that show up in poll attendance. 

Governor’s primary race, senate primary and ssecretary of state are hot topics in Columbia County, so I believe we will see a large turnout.

The District 4 commission race in Columbia County has excited, some and that will draw a crowd to show their support as well. 

This primary will determine what the November general election will look like regarding how much influence Donal Trump will have.

Guess Tuesday evening we will all know a little more. 

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Oh wait—let me tell you who will win these local elections based on my predictions. I’ll say this, the judgeship races may not go how some people think they will. This lines me up for what’s next for some of the local lawyers who think … here I go—getting ahead of myself again. 

Let me close with an illustration I used this Sunday in church. 

In elementary school, my teacher used to write on what was called a chalkboard. All day long she would use different colors of chalk to write different things on the blackboard. By the end of the day, the board would be a mess. To address this problem, my teacher had someone do two things.

First, everything would be removed from the chalkboard with an eraser. However, because the eraser didn’t provide a deep cleaning, a lot of stuff was just smeared, and you could often still see what used to be there. The second thing she had someone do is take a sponge, dip it in a bucket of clean water, and then wash the board.

Regardless of what was on the blackboard the previous day, every morning I saw a fresh, clean blackboard.

The good news for us is that regardless of what we’ve done in the past, God’s mercies are new each morning. Great is Thy Faithfulness.

Have a great day!

Michael Meyers is a columnist for The Augusta Press. Reach him at [email protected] 

6 COMMENTS

  1. Congratulations Michael on your son Cameron’s graduation. When I hear of a young man that wants to go in the military, it makes feel good. I believe these men are patriot’s and want to serve the country they love, and I certainly appreciate it. This is the way it was when I grew up, but unfortunately that changed several decades ago. While I don’t agree with the current leadership in the military, hopefully that will change in the near future.

  2. Every political office should have term limits..you want public servants not lords..Younhave a handful of commissioners that do what’s right by the citizens and the rest covering up a corrupt administration..you want that unlimited? That’s crazy..

  3. great writing Michael… you hit nail on head “TRUST NEEDS COME BACK WITH NEW MAYOR” so my big question is which of the two is most capable of bring trust to the seat…we need to honostly ask that question as we find our selves in the booth with no one looking….you too Michael !!!

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