Editorial: N.A. City Council candidates separated by thin affiliation

January 30, 2019

With seven candidates vying for three seats on the North Augusta City Council, it would seem to be a bitter fight against values and principles all the way down to the end.

But during Monday’s candidates forum in the City Council chamber in North Augusta, the four Republicans and three members of the Constitution Party didn’t sound all that different.

Items such as changing the city’s development code and the fact the city government needs more transparency were factors all seven candidates agreed on.

The fact residents shouldn’t rely on the City Council to create jobs nor factors regarding education – saying that’s on the Aiken County Public Schools – was echoed throughout the seven candidates.

It went on Monday night with all seven sounding very much the same, only minor differences on each subject.

At times, it even caused Republican candidate Kevin Toole to begin some of his responses with “I agree” with what everyone has said.

So what is the Constitution Party? And what is the difference between it and Republican Party?

The Constitution Party boasts a policy of three pillars of integrity, liberty and prosperity. And breaking that down, the Constitution Party is committed to restoring honesty, integrity and accountability to government.

On Constitutionparty.com it also states: “Government is the most ineffective, inefficient, and most expensive way to get anything done. As such, we are offering innovative and effective non-government solutions to the country’s social spending issues.”

The Constitution Party also believes small businesses, not large corporations, are the key to a healthy economy.

The three Constitution candidates, Stetson Corbitt, Elizabeth Jones and Dave Leverett all made these points supporting their party’s pillars on Monday night.

Trouble is, so did Bob Brooks, Michael Pace, Eric Presnell and Kevin Toole, the four Republican candidates.

“We sound alike,” Presnell stated to the crowd on Monday night.

The forum, hosted by the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, was to give voters a chance to hear the differences between the candidates and help their decision who would be the best candidate to vote to represent their city.

On Monday, it seemed to just blur it.

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