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District 1 candidates face off during open forum

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Candidates for the District 1 commission seat are working hard to secure a win in the November election.

"I'm looking for a large turnout and looking to be victorious in November," said Bill Fennoy, one of the hopefuls in the race.

All four candidates, Fennoy, Stanley Hawes, Denise Traina and incumbent Matt Aitken did just that at a forum Wednesday evening at the Augusta-Richmond County Library.

"It's a great district, there are a lot of opportunities here and I think people love to be the commissioner of this district," said Commissioner Aitken. 

The four hopefuls were grilled on some of the biggest concerns of the residents of District 1; those concerns include major flooding and the abandoned houses in the area.

"Anywhere from drainage, dilapidated properties, you know crime and things like that," said Stanley Hawes, a man who says he has more than 20 years of experience leading the Laney Walker community. 

Each of the candidates says they are ready to listen to the issues of the people of the district, something the incumbent says he has been doing all along.

"I don't have to do a lot of what I do as a commissioner but I do, do that because I care about what I do and I care about this city," said Commissioner Aitken at the forum.

Taking care of the city and District 1, a challenge all of the candidates say they are ready for.

"Having a woman on the commission will further demonstrate the diversity of Augusta and it's time again, you know, why not?" said Denise Traina, the only female running in the district.

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