Ward IV Candidate Jason McCoy stands with supporters in front of the government center Tuesday to officially announce his candidacy for public office. McCoy will challenge incumbent Roger Marietta for the seat.
ALBANY ALBANY, Ga. — A last-minute challenger to Ward IV Commissioner Roger Marietta has emerged, saying he believes he has good ideas for the residents of the ward.
Press Release from McCoy Campaign
Enters Ward 4 Commissioner Race
(Albany, GA) Voters in Ward 4 will see another name on the ballot for City Commissioner as Jason McCoy declares his candidacy to run for office. McCoy is scheduled to announce his entry into the Ward 4 Commissioner’s race on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 11:30 am at the City Elections office located on 222 Pine Street.
A life-long resident of Albany, Jason McCoy’s father is a former U.S. Marine that ultimately remained here after his retirement. A graduate of Albany High School, McCoy also holds degrees in History and Accounting from Darton and Albany Technical. McCoy is currently employed by Vansant and Corriere, LLC, as a property manager and bookkeeper. He and his wife of eleven years, Tami, live in Ward 4 with their pet dachshund Daphne.
This is McCoy’s first campaign for elected office. He decided to enter the Ward 4 race so as to ensure that the concerns of his neighbors were voiced and represented at city commission meetings. McCoy believes in community responsibility, action, and involvement. The key is to involve the people. McCoy wants to hold monthly town hall meetings with the residents of Ward 4, expand the current Neighborhood Watch Programs, start a curbside recycling program, and develop the green spaces in Ward 4 to be more pet friendly.
McCoy posted on facebook, “Albany is my hometown. It has problems and it has promise. With the right leadership, Albany will have greater promise.”
“Crime is an ever present concern. It takes a partnership between the police & the community. Neighborhood watches will enjoy the same support they do now and I look forward to meeting with your groups individually.”
“I also look forward to meeting the rest of Ward four.”
“Friend me on Facebook or email me at jmc4alb.gmail.com and lets partner up to put the Good Life back in our city.”
With less than four days days left during the qualifying period for municipal elections, Jason McCoy, a property manager and bookkeeper for a local law firm, has announced plans to run against Marietta, who is seeking re-election to his second term as a city commissioner.
McCoy was one of four local people to qualify to be on the November ballot for various races Tuesday.
According to a press release distributed to the media, "He decided to enter the Ward 4 race so as to ensure that the concerns of his neighbors were voiced and represented at city commission meetings. McCoy believes in community responsibility, action, and involvement. The key is to involve the people. McCoy wants to hold monthly town hall meetings with the residents of Ward 4, expand the current Neighborhood Watch Programs, start a curbside recycling program, and develop the green spaces in Ward 4 to be more pet friendly."
“Albany is my hometown. It has problems and it has promise. With the right leadership, Albany will have greater promise,” he said, via a post on Facebook. “Crime is an ever present concern. It takes a partnership between the police & the community. Neighborhood watches will enjoy the same support they do now and I look forward to meeting with your groups individually.”
At a press conference Tuesday, McCoy said that he believes he has good ideas for the people of the ward, including monthly meetings and the start of a curbside recycling program.
"I've always been a big advocate of Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful and I think it would be a good idea to start a curbside recycling program. It's pretty standard in communities all over and I think it would be something good."
McCoy recently lashed out at Marietta for his lack of action after Ward VI Commissioner Tommie Postell quipped that all white people looked the same during a recent commission meeting when Marietta was presiding as Mayor Pro-Tem.
"It was the height of an unacceptable double standard by a man long enough in the tooth to know better. The fact such hurtful words were spoken by a veteran representative, illustrates the struggle for equality is far from over. This town has been divided bitterly for generations and our commission has chosen not rise above the fray. To condone such an ignominious statement, the mayor & commission stands in support of Mr. Postell’s racist sentiment. It embarks every resident on a self-fulfilling prophecy of hate & destruction by selectively choosing who can and cannot behave in a manner that is universally wrong," McCoy wrote Marietta.
"As a lifelong Albany resident I admit, some people do side with Mr. Postell. As such, they are not suitable for public office. Yet, the majority of Albanians I know live happily in a post-racial society. Unfortunately, few are running. Wanting my commissioner’s input, I asked him if it were possible to censure Mr. Postell expecting him to be equally offended. I was shocked. He baulked at the idea and asked me to be the better man by letting this pass. If the better man is a bigot by association, you ask too much. That’s a mantle I am unwilling to carry for their sakes," he wrote. "When representative government fails so greatly, it is up to the individual to take a stand. Power is temporarily entrusted to our officials and not to be taken for granted. It is something loaned by the authority of the electorate to speak on their behalf. Mr. Postell did not speak for me that day. He did quite the opposite. The double standard would have him resign, but a public apology is my best compromise."
Those comments were written to Marietta following an e-mail from the commissioner in which he explained that Postell's remarks could be chalked up to a failed attempt at humor and to the ramblings of an aging man in ill-health.
"We all agree that his attempt at humor was not funny and was shocking and inappropriate. As I said to Jason over the phone, he has said crazier things that have gone un-reported. I sat down with Commissioner Postell yesterday and he was very humble and asked for my forgiveness which I granted," Marietta wrote. "I hope you will join me in offering Postell forgiveness - I think that may be the best course for the citizens of Albany. Let's set the example by offering Tommie Postell forgiveness without condition. That would prove a lot to the citizens of Albany and show that race relations are improving here."