Mayoral candidate Helen Blocker-Adams announced today that she is suspending her campaign for mayor of Augusta due to recent media reports revealing she owes approximately $70,000 in debt to creditors in Aiken County.
Below is the statement Blocker-Adams made during a press conference at her campaign office this evening:
“These last few days have been hard and humiliating. It has have shown me that I have to work on me and especially my financial challenges. I take full responsibility for the debt and for my mistakes. I failed to let my campaign team and family know about any of the personal financial details in my life and I regret that. If my executive team knew what they know now, they would have advised me not to run for mayor.
“I have always been an independent person and felt I could get things done by myself. As a woman who knows and loves the Lord, I realize that is pride and He has revealed that to me over the past few days.
“Augusta is my home. I love this city and the people who live, work and play here. My focus has always been to affect change and improve the lives for all Augustans. My heart and compassion is for Augusta and all its people and that will continue to be important to me.
“I know I have let many people down and I am deeply sorry for that. I ask for your forgiveness.
“The love and support from this community has been overwhelming. Effective immediately, I am suspending my campaign and run for mayor.”