By Kevin Hogencamp
John White likes to be called “Representative.” By November, he’d just assume be called “Mayor”.
The former longtime state representative is planning to enter the Albany mayor’s race; an announcement is forthcoming, multiple sources told The Albany Journal on Tuesday.
In a telephone interview Tuesday, White, acknowledged: “We have a team of folks looking at when and where, and we should make a decision Friday on what we’re going to do and how we’re going to do it … you can say right now that it is expected that I will run.”
On White’s Facebook page, he said he is “readying” himself for the mayoral campaign.
Mayor Willie Adams says he is not seeking a third four-year term. Meanwhile, City Commissioner Dorothy Hubbard, businessman Kirk Smith and restaurateur B.J. Fletcher have announced they will seek the office in the nonpartisan November election.
White, 71, represented Albany in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1975 until 1997. He was an original supporter of the Georgia Lottery and he co-authored the legislation that proclaimed Ray Charles “Georgia on My Mind” as the official sate son.
When he was elected, White became the first black south Georgian to be elected to the General Assembly in more than 100 years. Three times since then, he lost campaigns for the Georgia Senate District 12 seat.
A Florida A&M graduate with a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in sociology, he is a longtime Albany Water, Gas & Light Commission member and a founding member of Albany Tomorrow, and he co-chaired the Albany-Dougherty Consolidation Commission.
Hubbard says she intends to abandon her Ward 2 seat to run for mayor. Also up for grabs in November will be the Ward 1 seat held by Jon Howard, the Ward 4 seat held by Roger Marietta and the Ward 6 seat held by Tommie Postell.
Marietta is seeking re-election; meanwhile, no other candidate – incumbent or otherwise — has announced his or her candidacy for City Commission. The expiring mayor and City Commission terms end Jan. 9, 2012.
Qualifying is from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2; qualifying fees are $750 to run for mayor and $450 to run for City Commission.
Mayoral candidates must be at least 21 and have lived in the city for two years before election day. City commission candidates must have lived in his or her ward for at least three months.