Dorothy Hubbard is our next mayor. Some are thrilled by that prospect, some are not. Regardless of people’s feelings on the matter, it’s a done deal. However, I thought I would take a moment to speak to our new mayor.
To start with, Mayor-elect Hubbard, you should consider one very important fact. Most of the people of Albany didn’t vote for you. Oh, you got a majority of the votes. That fact isn’t being disputed. However, with such low turnout, and such close results, it would be a good idea for you to keep in mind that very few people actually did vote for you.
In all honesty, the same would be true of a Mayor-elect Fletcher as well. However, B.J. Fletcher isn’t the winner. No, you are. That means that the microscope is on you for the next four years.
No elected official wants to be a one termer. I can understand that. One term means you weren’t successful, and it’s human nature to want to succeed. However, as a mayor, your success is judged not by the amount of money in your bank account or the car that you drive, but by what the people of Albany think of your tenure.
It would be in your best interests to consider a few things.
To start with, while I respect your belief that education is vital to Albany, keep in mind that many of us in the community know that as mayor you have very little impact on education. Education governance comes from either the Dougherty County School Board or the State of Georgia. The mayor of Albany has little say with either body.
Not only that, but education can only be part of the process. We can educate thousands, but without jobs available for those newly educated folks, they simply won’t stick around. Who would go to school for four years and then not at least try to get a job in their field that utilizes their skills? The answer is no one.
Many of those who opposed you in the election felt that you represented the status quo. The problem with the status quo is that, at least in Albany, it sucks. Far too many people are dissatisfied with the town as it is.
Yes, I agree with many who feel that folks should step up and try to change the town if they don’t like how it is…but only to a point. You see, some of us are working our tails off, trying to provide for our families. We have opted to focus on spending time with our children over ignoring them and spending time doing other things. Call us selfish if you will, but that doesn’t change the fact that we can’t all get involved in 10,000 special interest groups’ efforts to change the town. I also volunteer with some causes, but others have less time than I do.
Does that mean those people shouldn’t complain? Hardly. As the mayor, it would benefit you to remember that those people have a vote as well. If they’re not happy with what happens on your watch, then you will find yourself in a position much like a large percentage of our population currently finds itself: unemployed.
Bear that in mind, and work with that hanging over your head. Remember that most of the people in this town didn’t vote for you, but also that you have a golden opportunity to win them over. Work towards that goal, and you’ll do just fine. Don’t, and you’ll find out just how fickle supporters can be.