Ward VI Commissioner Tommie Postell mingles with supporters after announcing his plans to seek re-election to his seat Thursday.
Albany ALBANY, GA.: Tommie Postell, the controversial mouthpiece for the citizens of Ward VI on the Albany City Commission told reporters Thursday that he will seek another term.
Standing in front of the government center Thursday, Postell said that he wants to ensure that the residents of his South Albany ward are heard when a new mayor is sworn into office in January.
"I believe I need to continue to sit at the table to make sure the citizens of Ward VI are treated fairly. I believe in treating everyone fairly," Postell said.
Surrounded by supporters, including former Albany State Coach Hamp Smith, Postell said that as a commissioner he'll continue to lend support to organizations who work to create jobs, saying that he loves the city and that jobs are the biggest issue in Ward VI right now.
"We love the city. If we didn't love the city, we wouldn't be out here doing this," Postell said. "We need to move forward and work toward a process to get people to work."
While Postell has been behind some notable local legislation over his term — perhaps the most significant being his unrelenting push for an ordinance giving police the authority to fine anyone whose pants are worn too far below their waist — he's also known for his often colorful descriptives and sayings, such as his assertion that cats are "undomesticatable" and, as stated in a recent discussion over the Albany Water, Gas & Light Commission, that "something in the milk ain't clean."
In addition to his role at the commission table, Postell has postured himself as the chairman of the city's Longterm Financial Planning Committee — a joint body composed of members of the city commission and the WG&L board who are stewards of one-third of the funds that are coming to the city of Albany from the Municipal Electric Association of Georgia's Competitive Trust Agreement.
The other two-thirds are split equally among the general funds of the City of Albany and WG&L.
This week Postell found himself in the headlines after he made a comment at Tuesday's commission meeting while appointing local attorney Phil Cannon as the city's assistant Municipal Court Judge that "all white people look alike," drawing criticism and making him the topic du jour in the Sqawkbox.
While Postell didn't address the comment specifically during his announcement, Postell did reiterate his position to the Herald that the comment wasn't racist just before giving his speech.