LEFT: Mayoral Candidate Dorothy Hubbard smiles at her daughter Yolanda Hubbard Ware after learning that she would be in a runoff in the mayoral contest. Hubbard will square off against B.J. Fletcher December 6. RIGHT: Supporter Margie Hayes, left, congratulates mayoral candidate B.J. Fletcher during Tuesday night's election-results party at Cafe 230.
ALBANY, Ga. — Businesswoman B.J. Fletcher and former city commissioner Dorothy Hubbard will square off again in a runoff for the mayor’s seat after neither was able to get more than 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s municipal election.
Each candidate pledged a renewed focus to her platform and urged supporters to work harder than ever to get her message out before the Dec. 6 runoff election.
With two precincts left to report late Tuesday, Fletcher and Hubbard appeared assured of spots on the runoff ballot. With 15,401 ballots cast Tuesday, more than 13,000 had been counted in the mayor’s race.
Unofficially, Fletcher led the field with 5,144 votes, or roughly 39.5 percent of the votes cast in the race. Hubbard pulled in 4,716, or 36.2 percent. Former state representative John White had 3,138 votes, or 24.1 percent, and there were not enough votes left to be counted for him to overtake Hubbard and claim the No. 2 spot.
At Fletcher’s headquarters at Cafe 230 downtown, the entrepreneur asked supporters to once again take to the streets to push her over the top.
“The next date is Dec. 6,” Fletcher told supporters. “It’ll be a lot of hard work, but you know what? I’m used to hard work. Let’s keep this race about the issues and get our message out there,” she said to rousing applause.
Meanwhile, several blocks further west on Broad Avenue, Hubbard also issued a call to action — sticking with the football metaphor she’s used throughout the campaign.
“This is overtime,” Hubbard said. “We’ve come a long way, but there’s still much left to do. We’ve got to regroup and get the word out about our platform and show Albany what its future can be.”