Friday, September 2, 2011
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Former State Representative John White signs his qualifications paperwork to officially be put on the ballot as a candidate for mayor. White joins former city commissioner Dorothy Hubbard and businesswoman B.J. Fletcher as bona fide candidates for the November general election.
ALBANY ALBANY — With only a half-day in the qualifying period left, three candidates have qualified to run for Albany mayor.
Former state representative John White made his bid for the office official Thursday morning, signing the paperwork and paying his qualifying fee just after 10:30.
White joins former Albany City Commissioner Dorothy Hubbard and Albany busineswoman B.J. Fletcher as bona fide contenders for the mayor’s seat. Hubbard qualified Wednesday and Fletcher on Tuesday.
The three are the only ones left who have expressed interest publicly in seeking the office. Others have inquired about the qualifying process but have yet to actually do so, elections officials say.
In other races, long-time Ward I Commissioner Jon Howard was the first to qualify. He signed his intention to seek a fifth term Monday morning. Ward IV Commissioner Roger Marietta has qualified for re-election, as has a challenger, bookkeeper Jason McCoy. Ward VI Commissioner Tommie Postell has also qualified for re-election, while former Dougherty County Commissioner Victor Edwards has qualified to run against him.
Political newcomer Kowana McKinney, a community organizer and volunteer with the Dougherty County School System, qualified Thursday to jump into the Ward VI race with Edwards and Postell.
Qualifying ends today at noon.