Jesse Massey, a retired educator and coach, talks to reporters about his decision to run for mayor after qualifying Friday. With qualifying now closed, Albany voters will have four mayoral candidates, two candidates for Ward II and three candidates for Ward VI.
ALBANY ALBANY, Ga. — Jesse Massey, a retired educator and coach, has officially withdrawn his candidacy to become Albany mayor, elections officials say.
Massey had qualified to be on the ballot, along with businesswoman B.J. Fletcher, former commissioner Dorothy Hubbard and former state representative John White.
Before 11 a.m. Wednesday, Massey filed an affidavit declaring his withdrawal with the Board of Elections, elections officials say.
Dougherty County Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson said that Massey gave no reason for his decision to pull out of the race. Massey will forfeit the $750 qualifying fee that he paid to have his name placed on the ballot.
The remaining candidates are vying to replace Albany Mayor Willie Adams, who did not seek a third term. His current term expires in January.
Massey’s decision to withdraw comes as the campaigns are beginning to heat up.
Hubbard has announced a kickoff event for the second half of her campaign for 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday.