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Aitken, Fennoy headed to runoff for District 1 commission

...Aitken and Bill Fennoy are headed into a Dec. 4 runoff for the District 1 commission seat.Aitken, the first white commissioner to represent the majority-black District 1, received 3,310 votes, or 39.74 percent, to Fennoy's 2,491...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/elections/georgia-elections/2012-11
Re-elect Matt Aitken

...post-consolidation era have enjoyed such widespread support across racial lines as Aitken has. Indeed, he is the first white commissioner elected to the majority-black district.District 1 encompasses the bulk of downtown, with Harrisburg, Sand...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2012-12-03/re-elect-matt-aitken
Racial balance on commission broken

...the Augusta Commission. It's a seat representing a district that's 65 percent black, which has never had a white commissioner since city-county consolidation. First it was held by Lee Beard, then by his widow. But on Tuesday, voters...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2009-12-02/racial-balance-commissio
Government | Augusta-Richmond County Commission | Paine College | Coliseum Authority | Government
Commission vote on redistricting map fails

...failed 5-3-2, with Mayor Pro Tem Joe Bowles and commissioners Joe Jackson and Wayne Guilfoyle opposed. The only white commissioner to support the plan was Matt Aitken, whose District 1 is a majority-black district.Commissioners Jerry Brigham...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2011-12-21/commission-vote-redistri
Don't buy racial division

...They're dogs. No better than dogs." Morning show hosts on gospel station WAAW-FM (94.7) Thursday said white Commissioner Andy Cheek is "No. 2 to the Ku Klux Klan" - and that the "vast majority" of white people are "the devil...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2005/12/16/edi_33288.shtml
Editorials | Deke Copenhaver | Augusta-Richmond County Commission
Williams to stay, for now

...the mayor pro tem would be black and vice versa. At the time, Mr. Williams said he planned to step down so a white commissioner could be appointed because he wanted to do the right thing. On Friday, he said he pulled the item off the agenda...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2005/07/02/met_457546.shtml
Metro
Beautiful differences

...whites and five blacks.We've lived mostly in the shadow of that monument ever since, only getting out of it when white Commissioner Matt Aitken defied expectations and won election in a "black" district in 2009 ? currently giving whites a 6-4...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2011-10-10/beautiful-differences
Chains of racism keep Augusta down

...politics can be detrimental to communities trying to attract new industries and jobs. I would never support a black or white commissioner who did county business with race being the common denominator, as certain Augusta commissioners are doing now...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/02/28/let_60739.shtml
Letters | Aiken City Council | Deke Copenhaver | Aiken County Council | Augusta-Richmond County Commission
Blacks speak out against city change

...When you have an issue that's racially sensitive, the (black) commissioners have enough trouble getting one white commissioner on their side, much less two." Legislators perceive the city's government as broken and in need of fixing every...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/03/19/met_339571.shtml
Metro
Discrimination case against city proceeds

...October 1998 and was appointed department head two years later. The city administrator, a black commissioner and a white commissioner warned Ms. Smith that some other commissioners weren't comfortable with her, she alleges. In late 2004, several...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/03/14/met_514640.shtml
Metro | Augusta-Richmond County Commission