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Hubbard wins mayor's race (updated with video)

Albany City Commissioner Tommie Postell wins a new four-year term representing Ward VI.

ALBANY, Ga. — When she is sworn into office next month, former city commissioner Dorothy Hubbard will become Albany’s first female mayor.

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Joe Bellacomo

Ward VI commissioner Tommie Postell thanks his supporters during his election-results party at L’Jua’s restaurant on Radium Springs Road Tuesday night.

That the next mayor of Albany would be a woman was a foregone conclusion after Hubbard and businesswoman B.J. Fletcher finished in the top two spots in the Nov. 8 municipal election and qualified to face off in Tuesday’s runoff election.

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B.J. Fletcher

But which candidate would fill that seat was in question until the absentee ballots — which were the last votes counted Tuesday night — were tallied.

Hubbard ended the night having been chosen on 6,077 ballots, or 53.2 percent of the 11,428 votes cast in the mayor’s race, according to unofficial results released by elections officials. Fletcher was named on 5,351 ballots, or 46.8 percent.

When word began to spread that, in all likelihood, she had won the seat, an emotionally and physically exhausted Hubbard threw her hands in the air in celebration as her supporters let out a roar at her headquarters off West Broad Avenue.

The grin that sprang in that instant didn’t leave her face until after her acceptance speech when she was questioned by a reporter about being the city’s first female mayor.

“That’s great, but I’m going to be the mayor of all of Albany. That’s who voted me in here, the women and the men ... it’s going to take all of us to move this city forward,” Hubbard said.

On the other end of West Broad at Cafe 230, Fletcher told reporters that she isn’t going to give up her fight to make sure that Albany is the best community it can be and that she will work with anyone who shares that concern.

“I’m urging the city’s leadership to clean up this town and to start by focusing on their own mess,” Fletcher said. “This town needs a change and they can be the ones to start it.”

Fletcher said that she would continue her push to have local government play a bigger role in attracting and keeping industry in Albany and that she hoped city leaders would take a hard look at their budget and how they’re spending tax money and ensure that vital positions such as police officers weren’t overlooked in their decision making.

Fletcher also said that she would donate a meal to area homeless people for every one of her mayoral campaign signs that was brought to B.J.’s Country Buffet on Dawson Road.

Ward VI voters also had to decide a runoff election, and the decision was to give City Commission Tommie Postell another term of office. Postell has said he planned for this to be his final bid for a City Commission seat.

Of the 1,648 voters who cast ballots in the ward, 925 — 56.1 percent — chose Postell. His challenger, former Dougherty County commissioner Victor Edwards, received 723 votes, or 43.9 percent.

Tuesday’s turnout was just under 28.5 percent of registered voters.

Local Government Reporter J.D. Sumner contributed to this story.

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Hubbard wins mayor's seat

Comments

whattheheck 3 years ago

Good luck, Dorothy. We will be watching you--closely. We already have Postell in plain sight.

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supersquawker 3 years ago

Well I didn't really expect BJ (the BEST candidate by FAR) to get more than 35% so I will call it a MORAL VICTORY for SANITY in the GOOD LIFE CITY but God help us for the next few years. Dorothy, I'm pulling for you to be victorious against the ENTITIES but you gotta reach down and get some backbone if it's gonna happen. Lord help us.

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coachjohnson42 3 years ago

The people have spoken!!! your candidate lost!!!......try picking football games instead of politics.....shes better off selling hamburgers anyway.....cause the are really good!!!

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brendajohnson 3 years ago

coachjohnson42 must be celebrating at an open bar...

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ObjectiveEyes 3 years ago

Yes, the people HAVE spoken and the people have said, "we like the status quo...we like things just the way they are..." smh

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VSU 3 years ago

Is that coach Johnson's picture up above? No, that's Tommie Postel. Hard to tell, they are both racists, they both look like drunks and after all, black people look alike.

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bubbavet 3 years ago

YOU WOULD HAVE TO GO TO THE ZOO TO SEE OLD 42

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VSU 3 years ago

i thought the monkey in the cage looked familiar.

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yolandab 3 years ago

She's better off selling hamburgers because she is making a profit when she sells those burgers. What are you profitting from that check you get every month

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TheMember 3 years ago

We have absolutely no reason to complain, 11k voters got off their ass and went to the polls. Pitiful showing, surely we could have gotten more out to vote than that. However, I gave up after I called a few of my friends to remind them to vote for mayor and their reply was "I am in the county" We can only hope for the best or just do like the rest and move out in the county or another county.

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yolandab 3 years ago

BJ Fletcher did not lose tonight, Albany did. When the front page of the paper on election day shows another of our past elected officials being charged with theft, how can anyone except the bottom of the barrel people vote for any of them? I am a Christian, as BJ is, and I know that if God's will had been for BJ to get elected, she would have. For Hubbard to win tells me that God has decided that Albany is not worth saving. It was first Sodom and Gommorahh, and now Albany. This town will die a slow painful death under the leaders that we have.

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PatrickY2K 3 years ago

God was more involved in this election that I realized. I had no idea that God would give up on us by casting all of his votes for an inadequate candidate. He must have been trying "get us" for a while, since he's probably the one who forced Merck and Cooper Tire to leave town, too.

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ObjectiveEyes 3 years ago

No, it wasn't God. Actually Phoebe Putney was, at least partially, responsible for Merck and Cooper leaving. Wait. OK, maybe you are right since Phoebe admin thinks they ARE god.

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bubbavet 3 years ago

AMEN. WE ALL KNOW THERE IS A REASON. FOR GOD IS IN CONTROL.

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billybob 3 years ago

Is this the same god that allowed the holocaust to happen, that stood by as that 7-year-old girl was raped, stabbed and beaten to death this week, that sent the tsumani to Thailand a few years ago killing 250,000 people? If so, then he is a jackass.

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coachjohnson42 3 years ago

Congrats to Dorothy Hubbard for a great victory here in Albany. The Right-Winged Extremist cant even win here in the belly of the beast.....SW GEORGIA!!! Albany made a statement tonight.....THE RIGHT WING CANT SING TONIGHT!!!! WAY TO GO ALBANY!!!

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Jacob 3 years ago

Coach. Look around you. Corruption at every turn, graft, nepotism, racism, favoritism, rampant crime, out of control, blatant public incompetency... Are you not embarrassed at what this city has become? Aren't you ashamed? Heck, I'm ashamed for you, if the current situation is the best you can hope for and hold out to be proud of.

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supersquawker 3 years ago

Jacob, we just have to feel sorry for somebody that stupid.

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TheMember 3 years ago

I can promise you if coachjohnson42 gave his name and was investigated, he would be one of the thugs bringing down the city. Yea, way to go Albany, you voted by the color of one's skin instead of qualities. Like Jacob said, look around, if you think Albany is in good shape, then you are part of the problem.

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coachjohnson42 3 years ago

You sound like a sore loser.....

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Outtahere 3 years ago

"Right-Winged Extremist" You really crack me up!! So we are extremists for wanting leaders with morals and people who don't lie and cheat in our positions of authority?? By the way, you don't have to bother replying because nothing you say ever makes sense!!!

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VSU 3 years ago

Well it looks like Albany just voted to keep our city in the top 5 poorest cities in the country. Now that Dorothy Hubbard is mayor, maybe we can shoot for #1 and be the poorest in the nation. I am sure Hubbard can make that happen. I guess Albany voters like Albany being a losing and dying city filled with crime and corruption. There was a glimpse of hope for Albany but now there is no hope. Albany will continue to go downhill. Albany citizens have no pride in their city. Looking at Albany's future is like looking at the old western movies with it's ghost towns filled with empty buildings and the only movement is a tumbleweed blowing by. That is what Albany will be. Good Life City will become the no life city.

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coachjohnson42 3 years ago

Your comments are so funny!!!

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ObjectiveEyes 3 years ago

And, your comments are assinine.

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VSU 3 years ago

Ah Coach you are still sore because ASU can't beat VSU at anything. You need to lay off that alcohol.

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PatrickY2K 3 years ago

You seem to have mastered the GOP's "scare voters into voting for you" tactic. Your candidate lost, so clearly "the end is near". You should ask for Ms. Hubbard's birth certificate!

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Cartman 3 years ago

Thank you BJ for running! Now everyone needs to give Dorothy a chance. Let's see what she can do. There is one obvious silver lining in this election - we did NOT end up with John White!

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supersquawker 3 years ago

Picture looks like "We having Church!!"

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littleselma 3 years ago

Once again the voters of Albany show that they are content with the way this town is being run into the ground by a bunch of unqualified idiots.

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wannabnfla 3 years ago

There just aren't any words to describe this awful situation. You can't fix stupid.

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43cop 3 years ago

Well, I guess that Albany has made it's decision. Postell and Hubbard. Just think about that and you can just watch and see this X- Good Life city go even futher down. Crime will increase, poverty will go up, look out for taxes, less jobs, more closed industry (almost nothing left any way). Now with James Bush, Murphee, Postell and Hubbard, this is plain to see the direction this is headed. Augusta was taken over by the Feds, Albany should have already been there, but surely will now. Thanks to the registered voters for forcing the real tax payers to start looking for a way out.

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TheMember 3 years ago

After further review, BJ made one statement that killed her chance. "I will bring jobs to Albany"

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Outtahere 3 years ago

Exactly, because nobody wants to work!!!!

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coachjohnson42 3 years ago

C'mon guys, stop crying....it will be alright. The Mayor never had that much power anyway.......

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Momof3 3 years ago

For the love of anything and everything that is good... just stop. Even BJ sais she was going to STILL do whatever in her power to make Albany better. Give Mrs Hubbard a chance. The election is over so why not just ALL TRY to work together to make this city better? It's going to take alot of hard work and determination and yes yes, I realize that alot of people dont care, but if you REALLY do and you REALLY want change then do something and quit bad mouthing each other. When she is sworn in, go to her, KEEP going if nothing is being done and dont just write about it on here. Be proactive!and if Albany is that bad for some of you, then leave.. there are 49 other states and a few countries that might be glad to have you. But we will not get anywhere IF WE DON'T TRY!

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VSU 3 years ago

Why should I leave? I've been here all my life. It's the deadbeats and welfare people that came in that should leave. Let them go to other cities and countries and destroy them. Albany doesn't attract businesses, Albany attracts Thugs and other lowlifes.

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Momof3 3 years ago

All I said was TRY to be positive and make it better...

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VSU 3 years ago

Under the Slick Willie watch Albany lost several companies. Delco Remy, Cooper Tire, Circuit City, Merck Chemicals among other businesses. How many more will we lose under Hubbard? We are about the lose the postal distribution center. No doubt that Prince Chevrolet will eventually move to Lee County. Maybe if Hubbard works hard enough we can say goodbye to P&G and Miller Brewery.

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ObjectiveEyes 3 years ago

Prince has already purchased land for a "supercenter" on Ledo (on the Lee side).

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coachjohnson42 3 years ago

What proof do you have that she will be the reason more buisnesses leave Albany? How do you know? Albany might improve. It cant do nothing but improve, because it cant get much worse than it already is.

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PumpkinEater 3 years ago

This comment may be hard to digest, but at a very real level, the choice of mayor NOW, after the election, makes very little difference. Other than supporting and driving a very specific, real and effective plan of economic change, the person of mayor is not that uniquely important. It is hard to predict who can get together the consensus of effectiveness needed to execute an effective plan, although Hubbard's endorsements and support implies she has that initial support. BJ will be there calling out any avoidance of the economic situation, so she still has an effective role and purpose...perhaps even more important than being bogged down with all the frivolous stuff that the mayor's job traditionally is seen as including.

I would give Hubbard the chance to put it together. If it is "same ol'-same ol,'" such as just maintaining administration and bureaucracy which is the job of city manager, no matter how rah-rah or effective it seems, the downward slide continues. Certainly good administration and stewardship are vital, but they are a foundational element for improvement, but alone will not improve the local economics. Even on a local level alone, Lee County will suck out the best and leave the rest. Albany proper is like a complex corporate workout situated in a declining local and national market with enormous competition from everywhere for economic investment, locally and nationally. Albany needs a specific pitch and niche.

Someday, somebody ... those in control of government and media ... needs to decide on and implement a specific plan instead of bashing by those who offer no alternative or who, instead, work for their own self interest or market/political/economic position. I know a fella who tried to be specific and got hammered by people who offered no alternative.

Albany's socio-economic erosion continues with little chance of ANYBODY turning it around...but with a specific plan, just like a corporate turnaround, there is a chance to create improvement in some economic sector(s).

In some ways, given all the realities, the time may still be NOW with a plan, consensus and effective implementation. Let no one think that this is not a tough challenge, but there is still a chance that a targeted plan can work to create some economic positives.

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TrixibelleBento 3 years ago

I agree with you about the specific pitch and niche. Unfortunately, our city leaders think that the Civil Rights movement and Ray Charles are our pitch and niche. THOSE DO NOT CREATE JOBS OR EXCITEMENT. We can't be stuck in the past forever and that's what this community does.

We need something that actually attracts people and makes them want to STAY. We currently do not have an environment that does that. We cater to the folks who sap our money (and strength) and create an environment that rewards mediocrity. We continue to pay for those who don't want to work, and if you try to fire any of those, guess what? You get sued! If you happen to be a different race, well, you know what the next move will be.

Until we stop making the same mistakes, we are doomed to repeat them.

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Beth 3 years ago

Question: Did the same people who elected the DCSS board members elect our new mayor?

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VSU 3 years ago

Was I dreaming? I could have sworn I woke up this morning and they were playing "Taps" over the Emergency Weather Alert speakers throughout the city.

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yolandab 3 years ago

I was born in this town 48 years ago. I have seen it go thru some hard times, but when the welfare takers began to choose our leaders, it was the beginning of the end, Hubbard may the the end.

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waltspecht 3 years ago

No matter who you voted for, or if your canidate won, those elected are responsible to the people. Time to get a grass roots movement to attend all City, County and DCSS meetings. Let your voice be heard. Try your best to hold these individuals accountable to the betterment of Albany. When no one seems to care, things just go the way those in Office want them to. However if daylight is shed upon every move, expenditure ans scheme, then there will be a reluctance to act in a manner in direct oposition to the Cities Betterment. I have no voice in the vote, nor do I have a voice in Albany Government, But I will continue to shine the light of day on the goings on that don't seem quite right or legal, because Federal Money, and sales tax money that I provide is being used for these actions. If you live within the confines of this system, it is time for you to take personal action at meetings, openly challenging those that would do wrong. One Citizen may not be able to change things, but they certainly have an obligation to try.

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PumpkinEater 3 years ago

Walt, you are right on target. Turning up the spotlight and demanding accountability are essential regardless of the issue or the direction. I HAVE been exposed to the more sordid side of things, and intelligent and fair-minded people like you who demand transparency and good critical thinking from appointed and elected officials are vital.

One citizen CAN make a difference!

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PumpkinEater 3 years ago

Make no mistake, I have NOT been fond of SOME of Albany's political and administrative leadership and their approaches on a case-by-case basis and for very specific provable reasons. If challenged, I can state exactly why. Mostly, they have either not understood the real issues that Albany faces and have not supported real efforts to move it out of the dilemma.

The social demographics in Albany, however you see them, are EVERYBODY'S issue and reality, regardless of the voter base. Dorothy Hubbard faces that issue as would have BJ Fletcher. There is NOTHING that can be done about the poverty and crime except to try to contain them while new businesses and revenues are brought into Albany. There are organizations and departments already in place to deal with poverty and crime -- social agencies and the police. Only new income and prosperity will displace them, and that is where the mayor and commission must be held accountable and must make the specific moves. The poverty and crime issues are red herrings. No matter what resources are thrown at them, they will grow faster than the resources needed to contain them unless new prosperity is brought to the community. (Does anyone have a good metaphor?)

City government MUST focus on the marketplace economics as THE top priority. Despite the unfortunate overall decline during the last administration and the loss of several years, the platform developed has some positive parts.

Complain as we might, this is a real business and economics problem, NOT a POLITICAL problem. The best leadership in the wrong direction still won't get it done.

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AuntieDee 3 years ago

Wow...this blog seems just like the 50's and 60's all over again here. Segregation here paints a vivid picture of racial disproportion. Can we all just get along...or at least pretend? Can we not make everything a black and issue but an issue of right and wrong, just and unjust? I see fault on both sides of color lines. Black folks need to get over having been oppressed in the past and move forward. White folks need to get over black people rising to the top and doing what that they've always done.

Now to address a few bloggers....Your ignorance in this forum is UNREAL! The crap y'all write in here is the root of what's wrong in Albany. Instead of working together to bring unity and harmony to our community you are constantly tearing it down with all this negativity. Voting gives you the power to change things, not tongue lashing. Put your money, integrity, intellegence and good judgement where your mouth is or shut up and move to another city!

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TrixibelleBento 3 years ago

I have no problem with Obama, Tiger Woods, Oprah, Michael Jordan, or anyone who is rewarded with HARD WORK. If you work hard, then you deserve everything you get. However, I don't like folks who insist on a promotion or a raise just because they show up. Eh, okay. Unfortunately, that's the world we now live in.

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coachjohnson42 3 years ago

best post yet!!! good job!

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littleselma 3 years ago

What do you mean by black folks rising to the top and doing what they've always done? That's not saying much based on what we have seen here in Albany. I hate to say but it seems that what they are really doing is "nothing" while everything around them goes to hell.

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