ALBANY -- Voters can meet the candidates for mayor in the November election at John Howard's town hall meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Law Enforcement Center.
Expecting a large turnout, Howard moved his meeting place to the larger hall at 201 W. Oglethorpe Blvd. from its usual east Albany location.
"For a sneak preview of the candidates and their platforms, everyone from all parts of the city should come to this meeting," Howard said. "As informed voters, we should try to learn as much about the candidates before the November general election."
Candidates B. J. Fletcher and Dorothy Hubbard confirmed they would attend the meeting. Candidate John White did not respond to the more than six messages left on his phones.
Fletcher and Hubbard said they planned to use the meeting to explain their views of the problems facing the city. The also said they planned to outline their approaches to the problems.
After having a series of what she called "Hubbard's Huddles" with citizens, Hubbard said people told her the main issues in the city include crime, education, jobs and blight.
Hubbard said she sees the mayor as the person in the middle who brings experts such as the police chief, the board of education, the city manager and people together to solve the city's problems.
"Working on one problem affects the others," Hubbard said. "A good education leads to jobs and lowers crime, and businesses with jobs can help the city get rid of its blight."
Fletcher said she would gladly attend the meeting called by Howard, whom she called a man who leads by example. Howard gets his community involved in fighting crime and trying to improve the business climate for jobs. Fletcher said she intends to do the same.
"He is very involved with his community's neighborhood watch programs and the people in his area to make the area a safer place to work and a safe home to go to after work," Fletcher said. "I intend to let the police do their job and live up to their responsibilities. If there is equipment or anything else they need, I'll see they get it."
As with most meetings Howard hosts, the schedule calls for the meeting to start promptly at 10 a.m. The candidates will each make a 10-minute presentation, and then there will be a question-and-answer session.
Howard added that when the meeting adjourns at about 11:30 a.m., there will be time for the voters to talk to the candidates in a social atmosphere.