ALBANY -- For 16 years, Jon Howard has stood as the elected representative for residents in the city's first ward. Tuesday, he said he wants to make it 20.
Known for his consistent denial of all alcohol license applications and his laid-back personality, Howard has held off opposition four times since he first was sworn into office January 1994.
Making his announcement two weeks before qualifying week, Howard finds himself running for re-election along with his fellow commissioner and mayor pro-tem Roger Marietta of Ward IV.
Like Marietta, Howard finds himself with no opposition so far.
While Howard's tenure on the city commission has lasted 16 years, his colleagues have come and gone.
And this year could prove to be even more significant as five seats -- Howard, Marietta, Ward VI Commissioner Tommie Postell, Mayor Willie Adams and Ward II Commissioner Dorothy Hubbard -- will all be in play when the ballot box opens November 8.
And, given that only four votes are needed to make policy decisions, Howard said he feels that he the board needs experience and stability when faced with a possible overhaul.
"There are a lot of possible changes ahead for the new commission," Howard said. "I feel like I need to be at the table to make sure people in East Albany are heard."
Howard is the most senior member of the commission.
Postell, who has not yet publicly said whether he will run for re-election, told The Herald that he will make an announcement about his political future in front of the government center at noon Thursday.