ALBANY, Ga. — After months of campaigning, debating, lobbying and stumping, the race to determine who will be the city’s next mayor all comes down to today.
In the mayor’s race, local business owner B.J. Fletcher is trying to earn her first elected position while former Albany city commissioner Dorothy Hubbard is competing for her first city-wide elected seat.
For Albany’s Ward VI, there’ll be a second race on the ballot as City Commissioner Tommie Postell faces former Dougherty County Commissioner Victor Edwards.
The runoff elections were required in both races because no candidate achieved the simple majority needed to win the office outright in the Nov. 8 election.
All 21 city precincts will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
Precincts for unincorporated area of Dougherty County will not be open since the only two runoff races on the ballot are for municipal positions.
All voters who reside in Albany, regardless of whether they voted in the Nov. 8 general election, can vote in the mayor’s race if they were registered to vote before the Oct. 11 deadline, elections officials say.
Only residents of Ward VI who were registered to vote by Oct. 11 can vote in the City Commission race.
Tuesday’s runoff will be the last major election until Super Tuesday on March 6 when Georgia voters will head to the polls for the Republican Presidential Preference Primary. President Obama has no opposition and is assured of the Democratic nomination.