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State legislators endorse Hubbard for mayor (updated with video)

Fletcher to be endorsed by Arts Coalition Tuesday, officials say.

— Albany's mayoral candidates are picking up the pace when it comes to gathering endorsements, heading into the final week before the Dec. 6 runoff.

Monday, mayoral candidate Dorothy Hubbard picked the endorsement of two of Albany's state legislators, as State Sen. Freddie Powell-Sims and Rep. Carol Fullerton both gave their support to Hubbard's efforts to become the city's next mayor.

Meanwhile, local business woman B.J. Fletcher was set to get a nod from the Albany Arts Coalition at a news conference tonight.

Sims, D-Dawson, said that Hubbard was a consensus builder who has shown an ability to work effectively with others at the local, state and federal level.

"Dorothy Hubbard is a consensus builder and she understands that it takes all of us working together to make this a great, great city," Sims said. "Early voting begins today and we need to select a mayor who will continue to move Albany, Ga., forward and in a positive direction. All cities have challenges, but we must select someone who has spent time in the educational arena, in government, in public service and someone that will galvanize this community."

Fullerton said she has personally born witness to Hubbard's efforts on the city commission as a resident of Ward II.

"She understands city, county and state government and knows well current city and county officials," Fullerton said. "She has a good relationship with all of them...and she understands the people of Albany."

Hubbard thanked the two for their support and urged people to get out and take advantage of the early voting period which started today downtown at the government center.

"I'm grateful to these two ladies. They know me, they know the kind of work I've done and they know that I can get the job done," Hubbard said. "It's a wonderful occasion that I could have two state legislators come out and support my candidacy."

Sims and Fullerton are the latest in a series of endorsements Hubbard has picked up from area elected officials.

Last week, Ward I Commissioner Jon Howard and Ward IV Commissioner Roger Marietta gave their support to Hubbard and, prior to the general election, current mayor Willie Adams gave his blessing to Hubbard as well.

Fletcher's endorsement from the Arts Coalition will come tonight at 6 p.m. at Carnegie Library, according to a press release from her campaign.

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Sally_O 2 years, 4 months ago

They are endorsing Albany to remain the way it is. No improvements, to stay in top 5 poorest cities in the country.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 4 months ago

Two state legislators from the Albany area. Do they dare endorse someone else. Pleasssssssssseee. Now I am waiting for the Lee County ones who may actually use a little common sense in their picks. But the headlines leave you to believe it is all legislators which is certainly not the case. We want to have the same old black mentality, Do the same old same old. Never reaching for the stars. Cannot get over the hump and view the future as something good for any races. Status quo. But you ought to go to north Georgia and listing to the hooting going on about Albany. I never tell anyone where I am from anymore.

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Cartman 2 years, 4 months ago

Why do people think these political endorsements benefit a candidate? It only benefits if the endorser is someone you trust. If you don't trust the judgment of the endorser, then the endorsement appears as politicians helping each other out, out of self-interest.

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waltspecht 2 years, 4 months ago

Apparently the best change is no change. It's sad to say that if BJ gets in by some fluke, she will be powerless to do anything with a group of Commisioners in dymetric opposition to any improvements which do not fit in their or their friends agendas. In other words not directing monies to the desired depositories. As for the endorsement of the State Legislators, from past experience, I find it hard to believe that wasn't along racial lines.

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 4 months ago

Of course this is no big surprise. Sims & Fullerton are both democraps. Fullerton also needs to stay out of the elections office talking smack about BJ.

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Terihdfxr 2 years, 4 months ago

They all look really happy to be there. Get out and support BJ for Mayor, not these clowns,

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PumpkinEater 2 years, 4 months ago

Sadly, without RADICAL change and a SPOT-ON vision, nothing will reverse Albany's downward economic trends. And the city will continue the slide compared to other more strategic and competitive markets. At best, it will be a smooth-running decline and crash landing, with a real, but virtually imperceptible daily loss of Dougherty County tax base, and per-capita income and purchasing power.

It's no one's direct fault, it is a market condition, but only bold and effective vision and implementation will change the course. Managing the smooth running of the status quo and executing the direction established mayor and the rest of the commission is the role of the City Manager and staff. SETTING the direction to achieve new economic heights comes from the mayor and the commissioners.

A mayor and city commissioners who do not step up and lead the city in a monumentally successful economic direction avoid the obvious trends and issues. Such a mentality is nothing short of negligent and irresponsible. There might be just one chance in ten to be able to change the course. We have to take that chance as well as work the traditional avenues.

Albany itself may be past the economic tipping point based on typical plans and solutions, but the bold masterstroke is always available, however remote the possibility of success.

Who will make the bold moves? Who will inspire? Who will compel this commission to get on board? Quickly?

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 4 months ago

BJ is that person, Pumpkineater, NOT Dorothy Hubbard.

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ObjectiveEyes 2 years, 4 months ago

"...continue to move Albany GA forward and in a positive direction..." You can do that by voting for BJ. If you like the status quo, vote for Hubbard.

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PumpkinEater 2 years, 4 months ago

I find it most interesting that the person I repeatedly heard speak the most vile racial epitaphs and slurs suddenly seems to be a visible Hubbard supporter. I am not saying she knows, but I would bet he picked that horse to win and expects some economic favors from the commission after the election. The switch is very obvious.

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richie 2 years, 4 months ago

Vote the Tea Party candidate - BJ 4 Mayor - yeah thats the ticket!

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 4 months ago

Hi again, Roger Marietta. It's your old friend Kaos. You and Fullerton are spreading these lies about BJ starting the Tea Party. That is totally not true and you know it. You are nothing but a liar and a pot stirrer. You are radical yourself, because you pretend to be a conservative when in fact you are very liberal. You ran off Kevin, but you won't get rid of me very easily. I want to see you packing your bags back to Fayetteville.

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Justice4Moma 2 years, 4 months ago

I know thats right.With what i have going on against Albany,Kevin asked me had i ever thought of moving out of town.I told him No way,I Wil Not Let them run me out of town.I was in the right,they were in the wrong.And i am not going any where.Im in it till the finish,no matter how it comes out.I am not scared of the GOB System.But i am scared of the Justice System we have here.If they will do right for Justice and not play with peoples lives.

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Justice4Moma 2 years, 4 months ago

We do not need the same ole horse and pony show here.We need new faces,and new voices.Vote BJ.And just maybe it will break up the Good ole Boy system.I have nothing against hubbard,but she has been in office long enough.It is time to give someone else a chance to show what they can do.And if BJ cant do it,it will not be because she does not try.It will be because the GOB system would like things to stay the way they are,that way all the secrets will not come out.And i know there are plenty hiding in some places people would never think to look.Or just dont really care to. Maybe BJ will make a diffrence,i think so,but she will need all the others to back her up,not stab her in the back...I bet you one thing,she will show up for the meetings,and probley drive herself to them.So City and County,if you are not scared of change in a good way,Give BJ a chance.Show you have some faith in fixing Albany.Not keeping it in the same ole rutt.

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bubbavet 2 years, 4 months ago

THIS IS ALBANY, GA. WHO GIVES A RATS "A- -"

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supersquawker 2 years, 4 months ago

Dorothy Hubbard does not have the backbone and force of personality to stand up to the many "entities" that really control Albany and who make a living on the backs of poor people in the community. BJ will sweep it clean. Vote for BJ!!

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 4 months ago

Well said, supersquawker! You are indeed very correct. Hubbard will only turn a blind eye to some of the commissioners' wrong doings and profiting off the poor in Albany. It is very apparent what they are doing and want all these wrong doing to stay in the dark and to keep the citizens in the dark. Vote BJ Fletcher 4 Mayor!!

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Justice4Moma 2 years, 4 months ago

I am Thankfull that we are going to have a women Mayor.I just hope and Pray it will be BJ.She will make a change.And that is what they are all scared of.......If you would like to have TRUTH AND JUSTICE 4 ALL,VOTE BJ.

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