Albany Mayor Willie Adams explains to reporters why he feels former commissioner Dorothy Hubbard would be the best fit for Albany as its next mayor Wednesday. Hubbard also picked up the endorsement of former commissioner Morris Gurr.
ALBANY Mayoral Candidate Dorothy Hubbard picked up two key endorsements Wednesday, including that of current Albany Mayor Willie Adams.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Adams said that Hubbard was the one person in the race he believed was knowledgeable enough about municipal government to keep the city moving in a positive direction.
"She's a consensus builder who has the personality and character to work with any group or person in the community," Adams said. "And, during her time on the commission, she's proven that on various issues...we're making positive traction in this community and I believe she can grow and build on that."
Hubbard is running against local business owner B.J. Fletcher and former state representative John White for the seat that Adams will be vacating later this year when his term expires.
A lot. Whoever backs a candidate says a lot
Not a lot, I'd rather focus on the issues
Not at all, endorsements are overrated
6 total votes.
Joining Adams Wednesday in backing Hubbard was former Ward III Commissioner Morris Gurr.
Gurr said that as a commissioner, he's witnessed first hand what he said was Hubbard's thoroughness and attention to detail as a public servant and said that, as a candidate, Hubbard brings with her accountability and the knowledge gained at the commission table to the mayor's office.
"I'm here to say that Albany needs to wake up!" Gurr said. "Dorothy Hubbard is the only truly qualified candidate to be mayor...I want a person to be the mayor for the city of Albany who will represent all of the people of Albany and for me that is Dorothy Hubbard."
A gracious Hubbard thanked both Gurr and Adams for their comments and support, and pledged to work to improve what each had started.
"I appreciate all they have done for the city and I appreciate their kind words. I promise each of you that I will do my very best to work with all the people of Albany to move the community forward and to work with the team that we have on the commission so that Albany will become a championship team," Hubbard said.
Also speaking Wednesday was Rev. Orson Burton Jr. -- a person Hubbard called her "adopted grandchild," because he spent so much time at her home while he was growing up.
"I believe that the 'back to the basics' platform that candidate Dorothy Hubbard is proposing is quintessential to the needs of the city today," Burton said. "By focusing on youth programs and cutting crime, you'll create an environment that is conducive to middle and long-term jobs and will contribute to economic development...I think its time Albany got back to the basics."
Now that the early voting period has started and with election day less than three weeks away, Fletcher, Hubbard and White are feverishly campaigning in hopes of swaying undecided voters.
Earlier this week, the candidates participated in a forum sponsored by Emerge Albany and the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. Last week, the three presented their platforms at a forum held at Albany State University.