As a mayoral candidate, Dorothy Hubbard has a vision of “Albany as a world-class city where we can all live and work together” with plentiful jobs.
Speaking to Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County members on August 1 Hubbard, who is a veteran of six years’ service on the city commission, relied on her government experience as a cornerstone of why she will be a good choice as mayor.
“I know the key players in the city,” she said, and will be the kind of mayor who will study the facts and carefully examine strategies to reach goals.
Hubbard, an Americus native who first came here as an Albany State University student in 1966, said that at the beginning of her campaign she had assumed that she would hear from residents about a list of issues – jobs, crime, education, poverty – but in talking to people she has found that crime “is the number one issue.”
As mayor she will offer a style of leadership that is inclusive and encourages civic participation. Also, “I will work to keep abreast of what’s going on” and “to make sure our team is on target.”
She noted her support for the “Code Red” alert system to notify citizens about crimes and her idea to form advisory committees to work to not only on the crime problem but also jobs and education. (The city police department is also now almost fully staffed, Hubbard also related, which should help keep more officers on the streets.)
The committees, she added, would meet together periodically and share ideas, from which the city could move forward with possible solutions.
Hubbard said the city should seek new industries but also identify opportunities for existing businesses. She said she has already been meeting with educators on issues such as job readiness.
“As we start to solve some problems,” she predicted, “other problems will be solved.”
She pledged to work with Keep Albany Beautiful and city code enforcement to keep the city clean and attractive for both current and prospective residents and businesses.
Albany is a hub for Southwest Georgia’s economy, and as such Hubbard plans to work with other cities such as Thomasville and Valdosta “to make sure we’re working together” for the benefit of the entire region.
“I don’t have all the answers,” Hubbard acknowledged, but she believes that by working together solutions can be found to issues faced by the community.
Hubbard was the second of the Albany mayoral candidates to bring their campaign to the Kiwanis of Dougherty County weekly meeting.
Dorothy Hubbard (left) is greeted by Kiwanians including Harry Futral, Kay Hind, and Kristin Caso (far right) following the August 1 Kiwanis DoCo meeting.