(Albany, GA) Candidate Melissa Strother will officially add her name to the November elections ballot for Ward 2, when she qualifies to run for office on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 11:30 am at the City Elections office located on 222 Pine Street.
“I have wanted to run and was ready to qualify when the announcement was first made that Mrs. Hubbard was vacating her seat, says Strother.” Strother announced her decision to run for office on Tuesday, and will now complete the process by qualifying officially on Wednesday. Strother told constituents on Tuesday that, “In order for our city to survive and thrive we have got to make some changes. I am that change.”
This is Strother’s first campaign for elected office. She was inspired to run for the Ward 2 seat because she “wants to help bring Albany to her full potential by introducing new ideas that will encourage commerce and beautify the city.”
Melissa is the daughter of 4th generation Albanians, Richard and Vicki Barnhill. Strother holds an undergraduate degree from Auburn University, and is a graphic designer and the owner of M.B. Strother Designs. She and her husband Jay, live in her childhood neighborhood with their two year old son Jack. “I lived on 6th Avenue and had the fondest memories of walking to the parks and strolling under the huge oak trees. I wanted those same memories for my own family,” says Strother.
Strother wants to see a safer Ward 2. This can be achieved by supporting law enforcement and involving the community. She would like to see accessibility and infrastructure improvements made so that residents of Ward 2 can travel to Downtown, ASU, the hospitals, and their own homes more efficiently. Strother wants to “improve the view of the river from the east side.” She advocates pedestrian walkways, bridge and bike paths. She would like to see commercial and green spaces developed on the east side of the Flint River just as they are currently on the western side near downtown. She feels that adhering to the status quo has not worked for Ward 2 or successfully met any of the citizen’s needs. Strother promises to practice transparency in her role as Commissioner by keeping the citizens of Ward 2 abreast of her activities and by asking them to hold her accountable for her decisions while in office.