Mayoral Candidate Dorothy Hubbard speaks to reporters while standing among supporters in front of the government center Tuesday, shortly after qualifying.
ALBANY ALBANY, Ga. — As day two of qualifying for municipal elections here drew to a close, the November ballot started taking shape as four more candidates paid their fees and signed the documents to join various races.
Arguably chief among them, Ward II Commissioner Dorothy Hubbard qualified to run for mayor just before 2 p.m., which, under Georgia law, resulted in her seat at the Albany City Commission table being declared vacant.
Hubbard has to resign her seat on the commission once she qualifies to run for the mayor’s office.
Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson said the City Commission will meet Tuesday to adopt a resolution requesting that the Dougherty County Board of Elections call a special election to fill the seat.
The county’s Elections Board will hold a special called meeting Wednesday, when it is expected to vote to call the election and officially adopt the qualifying dates, which, under Georgia law, must be at least two and a half days. Nickerson said that qualifying for the Ward II seat will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 14 and 15 and will be from 9 a.m. to noon on September 16.
To run for the seat, a candidate must have lived within the city limits of Albany for two years prior to the date of taking office and must have lived in Ward II for at least three months prior to taking office.
Also qualifying Tuesday were Ward VI incumbent Tommie Postell and his challenger, former Dougherty County Commissioner Victor Edwards, and political newcomer Jason McCoy, who qualified to run against incumbent Commissioner Roger Marietta for a seat at the table for Ward IV.
Marietta, Ward I Commissioner Jon Howard and mayoral candidate B.J. Fletcher qualified to run Monday.