As a thrice-elected, popular mayor, Deke Copenhaver is certain to have potential successors hopeful of hooking onto his coattails.
Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver’s name was on a fundraiser invitation last week for state Sen. Hardie Davis, one of five mayoral hopefuls.
Two of them, Helen Blocker-Adams, who supported Copenhaver in a 2005 runoff after narrowly missing out in the general election, and Lori Myles call Copenhaver a mentor with whom they will train if elected May 20. State Sen. Hardie Davis included Copenhaver’s name on a high-priced fundraiser invitation last week.
Copenhaver, who is term-limited, knew his name would appear on the invitation, but was overseas last week and unable to comment about what it meant, his assistant Al Dallas said.
Election observers generally are divided over the weight such a connection to Copenhaver could have.
“He endorsed Scott Peebles (for sheriff) – how did that work out?” asked former Mayor Bob Young.
Over his nine-year tenure, Copenhaver has voiced support for several candidates, but more often than not they’ve lost.