From left, Tommie Postell and Victor Edwards
ALBANY, Ga. — In the face-off for the Albany City Commission Ward 6 race that included Tommie Postell, Kowana McKinney and Victor Edwards, indications late Tuesday were that there would be a runoff between Postell and Edwards to determine who would get the seat.
With all precincts reporting, the Dougherty County Elections Office had Postell with 896 votes, Edwards with 561 votes and McKinney with 444 votes.
By percentages, that left Postell with 47.1 percent of the vote, Edwards at 29.5 percent of the vote and McKinney with 23.3 percent of the vote — which means the runoff will between Edwards and Postell.
To win outright, a candidate has to attract 50 percent of the votes cast plus one.
“I thank the voters who came out,” Edwards said as the results were still coming in. “I appreciate those that came out.
“I’m ready to go (for a runoff). I’m ready to continue with my grassroots campaign. Some thought I wouldn’t get this far or that I didn’t deserve it, but I thank God that I have. I know this community has to change.”
Postell faced the two challengers Tuesday, one a former county commissioner and the other a former teacher, in his effort to gain a third four-year term on the City Commission.
A retired educator, the incumbent has what is considered to be an admirable record of public service. He said earlier this would be his final campaign for commissioner, and that with so many people coming in or moving to new positions on the board, he felt a need to help with that transition of leadership.
Postell’s words as the results were coming in regarding the potential runoff were: “May the best man win. He ran a good race, and I ran a good race. He kept it clean and I kept it clean, and she (McKinney) did, too. There was no mudslinging.
“Victor ran a good campaign, so may the best man win.”
Edwards was a Dougherty County commissioner at the age of 20. He was convicted of money laundering in the 1990s, and has since returned to society a changed person by starting his own business.
McKinney is a newcomer to politics. A former pre-kindergarten teacher, McKinney said in a recent interview that she was drawn to seek a position to help families in her ward beyond what she could accomplish as a classroom teacher.
“I’m very disappointed in the outcome; I’m concerned about the future of the city,” she said. “I want to thank all those that supported me.”
McKinney said she would not comment yet on whether she would try running for office again in the future.
“I’m still soaking all of this in,” she said Tuesday evening. “It (the race) was a wonderful experience, and I wouldn’t take it back for anything.”