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McCoy Challenging Marietta for Ward 4

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Voters in Albany’s Ward 4 will have a choice on the November ballot as Jason McCoy qualified Tuesday as a candidate for City Commission.

McCoy will face first-term incumbent Roger Marietta, who has also qualified.

Qualifying for the mayor’s position and three City Commission seats – Wards 1, 4 and 6 — began Monday and ends at noon Friday. A fourth City Commission seat, Ward 2, could also be up for grabs if incumbent Dorothy Hubbard follows through with her plans to run for mayor.

Ward 1 commissioner Jon Howard and Ward 6 commissioner Tommie Postell have qualified for re-election. Former Dougherty County Commissioner Victor Edwards also has qualified to be on the Ward 6 ballot.

A lifelong resident of Albany, McCoy is the son of a U.S. Marine who remained in Albany upon retiring. A graduate of Albany High School, McCoy has degrees in history and accounting from Darton College and Albany Technical College. McCoy is employed by the law firm Vansant and Corriere as a property manager and bookkeeper.

This is McCoy’s first campaign for elected office. In a news release, he said he decided to enter the Ward 4 race to ensure that the concerns of his neighbors are voiced and represented at City Commission meetings.

McCoy says he believes in community responsibility, action, and involvement. He says he wants to hold monthly town hall meetings with the residents of Ward 4, expand the current Neighborhood Watch programs, start a curbside recycling program, and develop the green spaces in Ward 4 to be more pet friendly.

“Albany is my hometown,” McCoy said. “It has problems and it has promise. With the right leadership, Albany will have greater promise.”

“Crime is an ever present concern,” he added. “It takes a partnership between the police and the community. Neighborhood watches will enjoy the same support they do now and I look forward to meeting with your groups individually. I also look forward to meeting the rest of Ward four.”

McCoy can be reached on Facebook or by e-mailing jmc4alb@gmail.com.

Marietta was elected in November 2007 after being defeated four years earlier by incumbent Bo Dorough, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 2007. As City Manager Alfred Lott was being ousted by the City Commission last year, Marietta told Savannah citizens in a letter to the letter that Lott would be a “great choice” as Savannah city manager. Marietta wrote a letter to the editor in Savannah falsely claiming that Lott used “lean spending” to build the city’s reserves; indeed, the city’s budget has increased more than 25 percent since 2006. Lott was not selected for the Savannah post.

A Democratic Party operative, Marietta is associate professor of political science at Darton College. He also is a former mayor of Fayetteville, Ga., and has unsuccessfully run for U.S. Congress.

Marietta has a master’s degree in political science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pa. He served as a supply officer in the U.S. navy from 1977 to 1982.

Marietta can be contacted at rmarietta@albany.ga.us.

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