Ivey Hines and Melissa Strother
ALBANY — The Ward II city commission race between Ivey Hines and Melissa Strother took yet another twist Tuesday night with Hines apparently winning the seat by a 44 votes — 567-523.
However, Dougherty County Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson said she would have to make an inquiry Wednesday as what to do with the 259 votes cast for disqualified candidate Cheryl Calhoun.
Albany City Commissioner Ward II
Calhoun was ousted from the race after the elections board made a mistake in putting her on the ballot in Ward II when she actually lives in Ward I. If Calhoun’s votes are counted, it may throw the race into a runoff.
“I’m not surprised it was so close, and it is confusing,” Strother said. “We just want to make sure the election was fair and that every vote was counted and every voice is heard. We’ll do everything it takes to make it happen.”
While Strother was not surprised by the closeness of the race, Hines was.
“Yes, I am kinda of surprised the race is this close,” Hines said. “But I kept telling folks that you can’t ever tell what will happen on an election day. It’s the people’s choice.
“If the vote holds up I will be proud to serve the people of Ward II. I am grateful for each and every vote.”
Strother remained disturbed that Calhoun, despite being disqualified, remained on the ballot.
“”We fought that from the very beginning,” Strother said. “I contacted Ginger right after the disqualification and tried to get her (Calhoun) removed from the ballot, but was told it was too late to do it.
“She (Calhoun) also had yards signs up after they were supposed to be removed. It’s frustrating because Ward II has gone so long without decent representation.”