Seven have filed for North Augusta City Council

January 12, 2019

Seven people have already filed for the three at-large seats available in the North Augusta City Council.

Filing began Tuesday, Jan. 8, and ends Tuesday, Jan. 15.

So far, seven people have filed for the seats which are currently held by Ken McDowell, Bob Brooks and Jimmy Adams.

Adams and McDowell have each said they are not planning to run for re-election.

Brooks has filed for re-election, according to an email sent to the Aiken Standard. Brooks retired from the city, where he served as director of the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. He has been on council since May 2015. Brooks filed as part of the Republican Party.

“First of all, I want to see the city continue to prosper and grow and I think I have some knowledge and understanding after four years on City Council how we operate, where the funding comes from, and I will continue to be an advocate for the growth,” Brooks said.

Michael Pace, Eric Presnell and Kevin Toole also have filed as Republicans.

Pace is the owner of Mountaineer Pest Services in North Augusta.

Presnell is vice president of Aiken Augusta Electric and Security.

“Mainly, the reason I’m running is I’m originally from North Augusta and I love our town. I want to make sure that the people from North Augusta still have a voice,” Presnell said.

Toole is a commercial loan officer with SRP Federal Credit Union, according to his website.

“If you know me at all, you know that I am passionate about this community and it is this passion that has driven my career as a banker and my extensive community volunteerism. This same passion is also behind my decision to run for City Council. I believe that this role is a natural next step as it will allow me to make an even bigger impact on this community,” Toole says on the website.

Elizabeth Jones, Stetson Corbitt and Dave Leverett have filed as candidates for the Constitution Party.

Jones is the executive director for a nonprofit serving senior citizens and people with disabilities in Georgia, according to a press release.

“I love North Augusta. As our community grows, I would like to share my expertise and serve on City Council and be part of the solution to filling the needs of a larger population,” the release says.

Corbitt is currently an employee at the Savannah River Site.

“We have six children and they really keep my wife and me on our toes. This is a commitment that I need to undertake to invest my efforts toward leaving a positive and lasting impact on the city for our children’s future and our community’s future,” Corbitt said in the press release.

Leverett worked at the Savannah River Site for 30 years, according to the release.

“I am excited about the prospect of serving on City Council,” Leverett says in the press release. “It will be an opportunity for me to give back to the community that has given so much to me and my family.”

​The primary election for North Augusta City Council will be held on Feb. 12. A run-off, if necessary, will be held Feb. 26. The election will be April 30.

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