Albany's Ward 3 on the line

Katherine Williams casts her ballot for the Ward 3 election Tuesday

It's a young local businessman against a former Albany city commissioner.

Six polling places opened Tuesday for Albany's only contested election this yearâ"the Ward 3 election of Arthur Williams versus Christopher Pike. There are 5,700 registered voters in the ward, but only a few hundred actually voted. However, the voters who did cast their ballots say whoever wins is facing some big problems.

"I wanna see somebody get these streets more cleaner and these houses torn down. These abandon houses, and it's terrible. We need help, we ne need somebody to call," said Ward 3 voter Curly Swan.

Williams was a city commissioner from 1982 to 2004, but lost to Morris Gurr.