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Hubbard, Fletcher head to runoff

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.

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.

Albany Mayor

B.J. Fletcher 5164
Dorthy Hubbard 4767
John White 3166

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.”

Comments

Justice4Moma 2 years, 11 months ago

AWESOMEEEEEEEEEEEEEE,We will now have a women Mayor.Wish the best to both of you,and no offense to either of you,But BJ,For Mayor.We need new blood for the people of Albany.Everyone makes mistakes in life,But i think Albany needs BJ.God Bless You BJ.

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Terihdfxr 2 years, 11 months ago

I agree with Justice Albany needs new people in office. I believe BJ Fletcher wants to do what is right for the people of this town. Fresh out look for us if she is in office. Lets get out the work and get people to Vote B.J.

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wartiger57 2 years, 11 months ago

BJ will go down in the runoff with out the split in the black vote.

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Jacob 2 years, 11 months ago

Sadly, you are correct. This town cannot get past skin color. Meanwhile, in other, less noticed news, yet another industry in moving to Lee County...

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Ezekiel 2 years, 11 months ago

I think a lot of people might be surprised with the amount of support for BJ in the black community. We are seeing an abandonment of the old standards of this region. The new class of voters don't look at the racial divide and instead vote based on values, not skin color. This is essential to us moving forward as both a city and a community. Out with the old, we need change here. Dorothy Hubbard will not provide that, BJ Fletcher will.

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Jacob 2 years, 11 months ago

I wish you were correct. You are not. This is a racist, entitlement town. Watch and see.

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Justice4Moma 2 years, 11 months ago

I agree with you.And it s not about the color of the skin,it s we need new people in Office.We have seen what the others have done for us.And as far as BJ,i really hope she wins.She has already showed she can bring jobs in,and she is honest,and ran a honest race.And if you really think it is a color issue here,then go to The people who work with BJ everyday,white and black love her.She has showed what she can do,lets Give her the chance.

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Sally_O 2 years, 11 months ago

I find it laughable when John White said he was dumbfounded by coming in 3rd place, saying he had more experience than both his opponents combined. Experience means nothing if you did nothing while you were in political office. John White is right where he needed to be...in 3rd place. I'm dumbfounded that he got as many votes as he did.

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WORLDCHANGER 2 years, 11 months ago

@WARTIGER57..I DONT AGREE, I THINK THE PEOPLE OF ALBANY ARE BECOMING MORE AWARE OF WHAT'S GOING ON THEIR CITY, I THINK THEY ARE NOW MORE CONCERNED WITH WHATS GOING ON... I DONT THINK THIS SHOULD BE A RACE ABOUT RACE... BLACK, WHITE, ASIAN, INDIAN OR SPANISH....WE NEED THE RIGHT PERSON IN OFFICE. MRS. HUBBARD HAS NOT DONE ANYTHING TO IMPROVE ALBANY IN HER TERM AS CITY COMM, SO SHE WILL CONTINUE TO DO NOTHING AS MAYOR. SHE HAS BEEN ENDORSED BY WILLIE ADAMS,NOT GOOD. CAROL FULLERTON, LIVES IN A MANSION IN RAWSON CIRCLE AND SHE IS NOT CONCERNED WITH WHAT IS GOING ON A FEW BLOCKS OVER ,.NOT GOOD, JOHN CULBREATH, NOT GOOD, ..LOOK AT HER FRIRNDS RICH PEOPLE LOOKING OUT FOR THEMSELVES. MRS. HUBBARD LIVES IN EAST ALBANY AND HAS NOT CLEANED IT UP SOOOO LETS NOT GIVE HER A CHANCE TO DO NOTING AS MAYOR... DEC 6 ..VOTE BJ FOR MAYOR...ALBANY NEEDS A CHANGE,!!!

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Jacob 2 years, 11 months ago

Your confidence in the people is misplaced. Watch and see.

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PatrickY2K 2 years, 11 months ago

Being concerned about "the black vote" is a white person concerned that a black will win, and would rather blame it on the racial divide, rather than admit that a black could be the best candidate. If Ms. Hubbard wins the run-off, then a majority thinks she will do the best job of representing them. There's nothing racial about that.

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firefly 2 years, 11 months ago

The same way Obama was elected? Because he could do the better job? Yeah, how's that working out for us???

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PatrickY2K 2 years, 11 months ago

Obama wasn't elected because voters voted along racial lines.

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TD31707 2 years, 11 months ago

Voting along racial lines is wrong, PERIOD! The sad truth is, it will still happen in many cases. I think BJ has shown herself to be more proactive than anyone has in a long time in this sad town. Mrs Hubbard has been in public office before, what has she managed to accomplish? I don't know BJ personally, so I have no motivation to promote her other than what I think would be best for Albany's future. Ms Fletcher has developed businesses with good success and those same principles can be applied to help redirect Albany into a better town.

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Forward_Movementz 2 years, 11 months ago

I do know BJ personally and I know that the Lady is Awesome when it comes to a Business Women and when it comes to helping you go-forward with your life if you are ready to take your life to the next level. She offers an opportunity for anyone when a job is available,one of her favorite sayings is ,"all new brooms sweep good"; thats when you are looking for a job, after that ,is the consistency going to keep up? If so you continue to earn your money,if not still she works to keep you improving yourself. This is an excellent opportunity to take this city forward,regardless if the woman is white or black or any other color,it's about the Mayoral race to lead us forward. I think she is the best candidate to do this between the two. The buzz she creates is something that sparks you & you want to do better for yourelf as well as help the lady for the chance to improve and go-on and Great. Thank You

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supersquawker 2 years, 11 months ago

I prayed and asked God to give Albany ONE DAY OF SANITY on Tuesday and I will ask for another one on December the 6th! Lord Help Us All!

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shredex3 2 years, 11 months ago

Bottom line!!! GET YOUR A$% OFF THE COUCH ALONG WITH AS MANY FRIENDS AS YOU CAN GET, MAKE SURE WE VOTE. BJ can and will make this city better.

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dirkdiggler 2 years, 11 months ago

I'm just glad a white male did not run. What a waste of money and time that would have been. A white male can't win an election in Albany.Period.

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