ALBANY — On a week when mayoral candidate Dorothy Hubbard had been given the support of some in the political arena, Thursday, Hubbard added a group of women who have had far-reaching impact in various facets of the community to her list of supporters.
A runoff Tuesday will decide whether Hubbard or local business owner B.J. Fletcher end up being the city’s first female mayor.
Thursday, four women who have had impacts in different areas of life in the local and national community went public with their efforts to push Hubbard into the seat.
Shirley Sherrod, Apostle Charlene Glover, Helen Young and Karen Wakeford each said that they believe Hubbard is the best choice for Albany.
“I’m endorsing Dorothy because I believe she has the three D’s that are needed for this city,” Glover, who ministers at Trumpet of God Ministries and Training Center, said. “She’s decisive, she has desire, and she’s determined and that, coupled with a positive vision to move the city forward is what we need most right now.”
Sherrod, who is married to civil rights leader and former city commissioner Charles Sherrod, said that Hubbard has the knowledge and the ability to work with people in every segment of the community and that’s why she believes Hubbard should be mayor.
“She has the experience in government as a commissioner; she’s familiar with the process and the people involved at the local and state and national level, and she’s a team builder,” Sherrod said.
Young, a local businesswoman and activist, said she believes Hubbard is the right choice because she wouldn’t require any “on the job training” and has the educational background to understand the importance of having a prepared workforce in order to entice businesses to Albany.
“I think she’s the appropriate person because she doesn’t have to worry about on the job training. She’s been around enough to know how the doors open and close,” Young said. “She also comes out of a education background and understands that businesses aren’t going to come here without this community being workforce ready.
Wakeford, former head of Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful and resident of Ward II, said she knows Hubbard from their early days as trustees for Girls Inc., and said that, while the city will have a strong mayor regardless of who ultimately wins, that Hubbard stands out because of her leadership style and her track-record of philanthropic work.
“With the needs of this city, we need someone in office with her experiences, her demeanor,” Wakeford said. “She listens to the issues, evaluates it and seeks input from others before making a decision. We need a deliberate type of leader like that.”
Thursday’s supporters join former Lt. Governor Mark Taylor and County Commissioner George Brown, who endorsed Hubbard Wednesday; and State Sen. Freddie Powell-Sims and Rep. Carol Fullerton, who endorsed Hubbard Monday.