Former Ward II candidate, and current mayoral candidate Dorothy Hubbard has issued a statement regarding the ongoing battle over her former city commission seat. In an email sent to The Albany Journal, Hubbar said the following:
The ward 2 race and subsequent unrest regarding the results is unfortunate.
This is a unique situation to be resolved through the legal process. I imagine in the history of elections similar situations have occurred. The election was certified at 1:00pm today. As former commissioner of Ward 2, I wish only for a swift and just resolution. Our constituents of Ward II have been without representation since August 30th. I have built relationships with the citizens in this, the most diverse ward in Albany. It is a microcosm of the city with all kinds of people – young/old, retired, international, black, white, male/female, all economic statuses and both sides of the river.
We have to let the legal process take its course for the benefit of the entire city. Let us all be in agreement on that.
Ivey Hines, a pastor, was originally declared the winner of the Ward II race for Hubbard’s former seat, but his opponent Melissa Strother has issued a report outlining what she describes as “irregularities” in the election process and has vowed to file a formal complaint.