Former Lt. Governor Mark Taylor, right, joins former County Commissioner George Brown, left, in endorsing Dorothy Hubbard for mayor in front of the law enforcement center Wednesday.
ALBANY ALBANY — Dorothy Hubbard has enlisted the help of a two area business people — both of whom just happen to be former political mainstays at both the local and state level — in her efforts to become the city’s next mayor.
Hubbard and local business owner B.J. Fletcher are campaigning to become Albany’s mayor. Early voting for the runoff started Monday and ends Friday at 5 p.m. The runoff day is Tuesday.
Wednesday, former Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor and former Dougherty County Commissioner George Brown each publicly endorsed Hubbard, pointing to her efforts to reduce crime while on the city commission and her history of lobbying for the city to representatives in Atlanta.
Taylor served as the state’s No. 2 governmental official from 1999 until 2007 after serving as state senator 1987-98. He ran unsuccessfully for Georgia governor in 2006 as the Democratic nominee. He now runs the family business which is headquartered in Albany.
Taylor said that Hubbard was a “sincere” public servant whom he believed was qualified and capable enough to represent the city both to its residents and in Atlanta.
“Dec. 6 we’re going to elect a good mayor ... we have two strong women running for mayor, of that I have no doubt,” Taylor said. “But I’m endorsing Hubbard because, while she’s been on the commission she has been involved both here, at the state capitol and in Washington, telling our story to our elected representatives. Dorothy Hubbard knows Albany’s story and is best qualified to tell it.”
Brown, who served on the County Commission for more than 22 years, runs two small businesses here in Albany and says that he supports Hubbard because of her understanding of local government and her work to deter crime as a city commissioner.
“To me, her stance on crime while at the table...votes to create the gang unit, to have the code red system and the code red for crime, her support of SPLOST which increased the technology for police, all have increased the public safety and that’s important to me,” Brown said. “I believe Mrs. Hubbard is someone who would put the needs of the city above any personal agendas that are there.”
It’s the second round of endorsements Hubbard has picked up this week. Monday, two members of the Albany’s state delegation to the General Assembly, Sen. Freddie Powell-Sims and Rep. Carol Fullerton, both gave their blessing to Hubbard in the race. The list of those supporting Hubbard also includes includes Ward I Commissioner Jon Howard, Ward VI Commissioner Roger Marietta and current Mayor Willie Adams.