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      Candidates directly address East Albany concerns

      An East Albany neighborhood watch group put a twist on their monthly meeting by inviting all Ward II and Ward III candidates out to speak directly to their constituents and answer their questions on Monday evening / Colby Gallagher


      An East Albany neighborhood watch group put a twist on their monthly meeting by inviting all Ward II and Ward III candidates out to speak directly to their constituents and answer their questions on Monday evening.

      Residents didn't hold back as they were given the chance to address the six candidates and citizens say they felt it was a good opportunity.

      "They need to listen to what people's issues are about because it's very important that they understand that they're working for the people, and when you're working for the people you've got to do what the constituents or the people say," said Jesse Massey/

      Organizers say wasn't just an eye-opener for the public but for the candidates as well, as many residents focused on issues such as their concern surrounding the lack of communication with the public and how Water Gas & Light is run.

      "They probably didn't know that people felt like that. There was a couple of issues tonight that was hot issues and was very important. I think it was a good time to get them together and then tell them how they felt," said Colonial Village Neighborhood Watch President Harold Williams.

      The most talked about topic surrounded the need for having more recreational activities for children, who many believe are being targeted by gangs at a younger age.

      Many of the candidates were as passionate on the subject as the public, and East Albany residents say they walked away with a better idea of who they want to represent their side of town.

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