From Lori Davis, Augusta, Georgia, Mayoral Candidate 2010:
This time last year I was running as a candidate for Mayor of Augusta, Georgia against Deke Copenhaver. Recently your Mayor Michael Bennett came to Augusta to meet with Mayor Copenhaver along with other Augusta city leaders to discuss the possibilities of a public private partnership in the building of a new Minor League baseball ball stadium for the Augusta Green Jackets. Mr. Bennett’s trip was funded by the Cal Ripken Organization which also has a minor league stadium in Aberdeen, Maryland. The reason that this is of interest to me is because in my campaign, I opposed the building of a new stadium with any public funding. The reason for this is that the city of Augusta was 9 million dollars in debt with basic needs of the citizens not being met. Mayor Copenhaver has continued to promote this stadium against the will of the people. Another reason that this trip caught my attention is that I had read an article in the Baltimore Sun which had less than a glowing review of the Ripken stadium deal in Aberdeen and it’s lingering aftermath. It seems that the city has lost money year after year in trying to pay their indebtedness. There is no surprise here. Historically, these minor league stadiums have never brought in the revenue that their promoters say they will. We don’t expect this to be any different in Augusta Georgia. I am sure that Mayor Bennett has HIS personal reasons for coming all the way to Augusta to help the Ripken Group sell a deal to a Mayor that has HIS personal reasons for wanting this stadium. The behavior of both men appear disingenuous. I would like to encourage the voters of Aberdeen Maryland to give Patrick McGrady a chance to serve as your Mayor. Had I had this opportunity here in Augusta there would be no need for this letter.
Augusta, Ga. Mayoral Candidate 2010