Despite legal action, Albany Commission to swear-in Hines tonight

The commission will determine whether to certify the election results of the Ward I, Ward II and Ward IV races.

Ivey Hines and Melissa Strother

Ivey Hines and Melissa Strother

— The Albany City Commission is poised to swear-in Ivey Hines as the new Ward II commissioner tonight despite an ongoing and active legal challenge to the race that was filed in Dougherty County Superior Court Friday.

Hines was declared the winner of the Nov. 8 race by a narrow margin after all votes cast for candidate Cheryl Calhoun were tossed after she was declared ineligible as a candidate. Calhoun was disqualified under Georgia law when it was determined that she lives in Ward I. Calhoun maintains that she originally intended to qualify for the Ward I race but was told by election officials that she lived in Ward II, which was later proven to be incorrect.

The Ward II seat was vacated by Dorothy Hubbard after she qualified to run for mayor. The unexpired term, which is up in 2013, is by law required to be filled immediately following the race while the winners of the other municipal races won't be sworn in until January.

Candidate Melissa Strother filed a legal challenge to the election in Dougherty Superior Court Friday citing irregularities stemming from Calhoun's disqualification that rippled through the election process and call into question the results of the race.

Strother is seeking a court-order blocking the Albany City Commission from swearing-in Hines before her challenge can be heard in court. But that order, which will be decided upon by Dawson judge Joe Bishop, has not yet been issued.


LuLu 2 years, 5 months ago

If Mr. Hines were an upstanding man, he would refuse to be sworn in until this could be resolved. Par for the course, I guess.


supersquawker 2 years, 5 months ago

Like so many others.......it's The Rev. Hines.


KaosinAlbany 2 years, 5 months ago

The Commission is doing this on purpose. They don't want anyone in the city government to shake them up so to speak and make them work for a change. They just want everyone here to live off the government and not be successful. This plan can backfire on them in a heart beat if the economy gets any worse and the government stops those welfare checks and HUD grants. Others want a city that is the opposite of that and have been pushing hard to drive these corrupt individuals out and finally have a city to be proud of again. If you are for Albany being a better community please go to the city commission meeting tonight and support Mrs. Strother. We need change and Hines is not the change we need.


shep 2 years, 5 months ago

Once again our so-called "City Leaders" have made the wrong call. I see no good reason to swear Mr. Hines in while legal questions are unanswered. I wonder how long it will take these same people to rename the airport just because Yaz want's his father's name on something. What use to be a wonderful community has become the laughing stock of South Georgia due to the weak and mindless leadership that has been elected along racial lines and votes go accordingly.


supersquawker 2 years, 4 months ago

Damn the torpedoes! Full Speed Ahead!! We don't need no stinkin' Judges!!


Cartman 2 years, 4 months ago

I don't know Mr. Hines. But I will say he is not the one who caused this mess. It was not of the city's doing either. It was the incompetent election officials. We never had this kind of debacle when Carolyn Hatcher was at the helm.


Abytaxpayer 2 years, 4 months ago

Lu you must have been dreaming and a great dream it would have been, but this is Albany! Sorry you had wake up and see the reality of Life in Albany where the motto is “By any means Necessary” Throwing out votes can only be done in Albany to insure the results the “Leaders” want. Think #34 …same mind set and it is for sure NOT what is best for the community. I do not know Mr. Hines but I too wish he would show some dignity and refuse to be sworn in, that would be refreshing in Albany politics, dignity, ethics, honor.


tccvc 2 years, 4 months ago

Its not Racism, Mr Hines did nothing wrong, and the ballots should have been fixed when the candidate was disqualified, it would have only taken a couple of keystrokes to fix the ballot. I feel that the election should be held again in December, however when the election officials announced that Ms Calhoun name would be left on the ballot, it fell to the voters to be aware. Neither Ms Strother nor Mr Hines voiced any concerns after Ms Calhoun was DQ'd.


changeforalbany 2 years, 4 months ago

Actually, Mrs. Strother did express her concerns about Ms. Calhoun's disqualification. She is on the record requesting that Ms. Calhoun's name be removed from the ballot, to which she was reportedly told by Ms. Nickerson, "It is too expensive to re-create the ballots." Can we really put a price our rights to a fair election?


Justice4Moma 2 years, 4 months ago

If this does not show that the GBI,FBI,and anyone else who knows this was wrong that Albany needs HELP bad,then there is no help for Albany.I agree with LULU.Also they could have picked any other Judge to do this swearing in.Even Nathan knows this was wrong.And when he agrees,you know good and well it was wrong.The GOBoys are not gona like you for this Nathan.But you got a point with me.And that says alot. Happy Thanksgiving to ALL


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