Helen Blocker-Adams formally withdrew from the race early yesterday.

The move means any votes cast for her in advance or on Election Day “are considered null and shall not be counted,” according to the Richmond County Board of Elections.

Notices will be placed in each precinct today to inform voters that though her name is on the ballot, Blocker-Adams is no longer a candidate.

Helen Blocker Adams decision to withdraw leaves four remaining mayoral candidates: Charles Cummings, state Sen. Hardie Davis, Com­mis­sioner Alvin Mason and Lori Myles.

In a four-paragraph statement, Blocker-Adams said she awakened at 3 a.m. Sunday with the realization that “I could not be an effective mayor.” She sat down with News 12 for an intimate conversation on her troubles and her future



Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. Voters must show ID and select a Democratic, Republican or nonpartisan ballot.


• Along with the Augusta mayor’s race, five districts will elect commissioners and voters will decide on a $194.3 million sales tax package.


• Columbia County voters will choose candidates for the 10th and 12th districts of the U.S. House.


• Statewide, among other races, candidates for a U.S. Senate seat will be decided.