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Political newcomer Bobby Coleman announces candidacy for Albany City Commission

Bobby Coleman, a medical transport specialist, is making his first venture into politics. He plans to run for the Ward II seat on the Albany City Commission now held by Ivey Hines. The municipal election is set for November. (April 25, 2013)

Bobby Coleman, a medical transport specialist, is making his first venture into politics. He plans to run for the Ward II seat on the Albany City Commission now held by Ivey Hines. The municipal election is set for November. (April 25, 2013)

ALBANY, Ga. — The 2013 Albany Municipal Elections may be months away, but the campaign season is starting to kick into full swing.

Medical transport specialist Bobby Coleman, who has never run for political office before, confirmed Thursday he will seek the Ward II Albany City Commission seat currently held by Ivey Hines.

“My campaign won’t be one in which I cast aspersions at other candidates,” Coleman said in his first campaign interview. “I plan to run a campaign that focuses primarily on four issues: public safety, education, recreation and economic development.

“These issues are vital to our city, and I believe they are intertwined. Students can’t learn and teachers can’t teach when they’re not in a safe environment, and the very important economic development issue of unemployment is closely tied to crime and public safety.”

While Coleman is a first-time candidate, he said he learned a lot about politics while working as part of former City Commissioner and lifelong friend Henry Mathis’ campaign team.

“I became intrigued with the political process back in ‘84 when Henry first ran for office,” Coleman said. “The most important thing I learned during that time is that the people of Albany are entitled to strong leadership, leaders with vision. I believe in a leadership team that is willing to sit down and come up with a plan to move all the city forward.

“Right now our city is at a standstill. Unfortunately, it seems that some of our commissioners are working from different agendas.”

Coleman, an Albany native who has lived in Ward II all his life, said he will officially announce his candidacy in two to three weeks and start a door-to-door campaign that will allow him to “pick the brains of the people of my ward.”

Hines, who is in his second year of office after winning a special election to fill the Ward II seat vacated by Dorothy Hubbard during her successful mayoral run, said Thursday he had no comment about Coleman’s candidacy at this time.

“I really don’t know the gentleman, so there’s no comment I could make,” Hines said. “I’ve been talking about (a possible re-election bid) with folks a little, but it’s still early.”

Coleman joins businesswoman B.J. Fletcher as announced 2013 City Commission candidates. Fletcher announced plans this week to run against incumbent Christopher Pike in the Ward III commission race.

Comments

FryarTuk 12 months ago

Welcome, tell us about yourself. We know about Climbing Ivy. He's trying to destroy WG&L along with Jr. Langstaff, T. Postell, and Chris the Piker. If you want to discuss an important issue of economic development now's your chance and you better hurry before it's all over. We have great water, safe gas, cheap electricity. A professionally run agency handles it and has been the shining star in the municipal constellation. When it is mired in the politics of Jr., T, Climbing and the Piker you will not recognize it. It will approximate the shoddy service of cable com. Prices will go through the rough on electricity and gas. In fact, the strategy is to raise those rates and not the taxes for more city revenue. (Jr.'s constituency is mostly GA Power so they will benefit while the rest of us suffer.) The problem will be that industry will not buy into this so economic development will suffer even more than it is now with the bumpkins running the show at EDC. Did someone say clean water. We've got it and it is known. But when Ivy, Jr., T and the Piker get a hold of it look for it to be a chunky style coming straight from the water treatment system. So come on in. Tell us about yourself and we'll lend a hand.

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VietVet1 12 months ago

"lifelong friend Henry Mathis’ campaign team." Ouch that's not sounding good. Now to figure the best of two evils. Like #34

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whattheheck 12 months ago

“Right now our city is at a standstill. Unfortunately, it seems that some of our commissioners are working from different agendas.”

I think this is a fairly accurate comment. But will your association with Henry Mathis be more than just "another one"?

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FryarTuk 12 months ago

Well, we don't know. But one thing is for sure he put his association with HM up front and didn't try to squirm and hide it. Candor is a point in his favor. Let's smoke him out and see if he's guilty of something else other than association.

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whattheheck 12 months ago

I"ll go with that one and an abundance of caution!

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