Polls ready for voters

ALBANY, Ga. — After months of fundraising, stumping and seemingly endless forums, the candidates for mayor of Albany and three Albany City Commission seats are making their last-minute pitches to voters.

Polls open at 7 a.m. today and will remain open until 7 p.m. The main attraction on the ballot — the mayor’s race — features Dorothy Hubbard, B.J. Fletcher and John White.

Former City Commissioner Hubbard says she will cast her ballot when the polls open this morning at Albany Middle School. Twelve hours later when the polls close, she’ll be at her campaign headquarters near Brooks Plaza awaiting the results.

Business owner Fletcher is expected to cast her vote around 9 a.m. at Merry Acres Middle School and will host a post-election results party at her downtown restaurant, Cafe 230.

There has been no word from former state representative White’s campaign.

More than 1,985 votes, or nearly three percent of the total registered voters, were cast during the early voting period, which ended Friday.

When headed to the polls Tuesday, voters should carry with them a photo ID which can be a current or expired Georgia Driver’s License or some other form of government identification.

Ward II residents will decide on whether to send Ivey Hines, a minister and IT analyst at the Marine Base, or graphics designer Melissa Strother to fill the seat vacated by Hubbard.

In Ward IV, incumbent Commissioner Roger Marietta is trying to fend off a challenge from bookkeeper Jason McCoy.

And in Ward VI, incumbent Commissioner Tommie Postell is seeking re-election against former Dougherty County commissioner Victor Edwards and political newcomer Kowana McKinney.

All city residents will also be eligible to vote and decide whether retail stores can sell alcohol on Sunday within the city limits, while all voters in the county can cast a vote on whether to renew the Dougherty County School System’s one-percent sales tax, which, if approved, may generate $100 million over the next five years for education projects.