Ward II incumbent Ivey Hines plans community rallies

Ward II Albany City Commissioner preparing for Dec. 3 runoff

ALBANY — Ward II Albany City Commissioner Ivey Hines will hold two “Meet the Commissioner” rallies this weekend to answer questions and share information with concerned citizens in the community.

“There’s been chatter in the community about accessibility, although I hold regular town hall meetings, my number is listed in the phone book and I have a website,” Hines, a minister and an IT specialist at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, said. “That’s why I planned these meetings. Certainly it’s for the people who live in Ward II, but all concerned citizens are welcome to attend.”

The first meeting is scheduled today at 4 p.m. at Greater Second Mount Olive Baptist Church’s recreation center at 805 E. Broad Ave. The second gathering is planned for Sunday at the Thronateeska Heritage Center at 100 W. Roosevelt Ave. That meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. as well.

Hines is the northeast Albany district’s incumbent city commissioner who was the top vote-getter in a three-way municipal election race Nov. 5. Since Hines got only 45.95 percent (295) of the 642 votes cast in the race, he and runner-up Bobby Coleman will face off in a runoff election Dec. 3.

Coleman got 42.68 percent (274) of the vote, while the third candidate, Demetrius Love, got 11.21 percent (72). A 50 percent plus one vote total was needed to avoid a runoff.

Early voting for the runoff election will be held Monday-Wednesday at the downtown Elections office. All county offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.