Former Augusta Chronicle business editor Damon Cline today announced that he intends to run for the Columbia County District 2 Commission seat.
Cline, a resident of the Petersburg Station subdivision in Martinez, said in a press release he entered the race due to a “lack of transparency” and “weak oversight” regarding an unpopular housing project planned for Martinez.
“Columbia County needs a public watchdog,” he said. “The actions of some county leaders indicate they have become out of touch with the wants and needs of the everyday people they are supposed to serve.”
Like Cline, hundreds of residents surrounding an “affordable housing” project called Magnolia Trace on Old Ferry Road were angered that commissioners, including Cline’s opponent, endorsed the project with a June 2010 resolution.
In his first bid for public office, Cline will face incumbent District 2 Commissioner Trey Allen.
Cline worked as a journalist for 15 years. He is a past president and current board member of the Augusta West Rotary Club and serves on the board of directors for Junior Achievement of the CSRA.
Earlier this month, Butch Holley announced his candidacy for the District 3 commission seat held by Charles Allen.
Districts 2 and 3 are the only commission seats up for election this year. Qualifying for those seats will be held May 23-25. The primary will be July 31 and the general election will be held on Nov. 6.