Fletcher, Hubbard weigh in on runoff strategies

BJ Fletcher says her ability to reach across racial and socioeconomic lines makes her the better mayoral candidate / Sarah Bleau

It started with three and now the Albany Mayoral race is narrowed down to two candidates: Entrepreneur B.J. Fletcher and former City Commissioner Dorothy Hubbard.

Dorothy Hubbard's campaign headquarters were quiet the day after the election. But on election night, she was ready to hit the campaign trail once again.

"I'm still running!" she said Tuesday evening. "We're just in overtime, we're just going into overtime and we're going to win it as soon as we can kick a field goal."

Both Hubbard and B.J. Fletcher are already strategizing their runoff campaigns, and their ideas are similar: Talk to the people and get them out to vote.

"How do we talk to the people who didn't get out to vote today, and encourage them to get out and vote for us? We have to be on message and continue to let them know where we are," says Hubbard."

Fletcher says, "The strategy as far as winning the election, I did win the majority but I do realize there are some areas that maybe the people don't know who I am. They will know who I am by December 6th."

Fletcher says her ability to reach across racial lines makes her a stronger candidate than Hubbard. She says it was visible during the post-election parties.

"I had black, white, brown, young, old, people with money and people struggling all in one room. That is why we represent America right here in Albany Georgia. If you look at the group that she was with, she does not know how to cross the lines," says Fletcher. "Do you remember the piece that you did about race, and I told you it would not play an issue? I've had so many great people come in here and say 'Miss B.J., we're right back with you December 6.'"

Hubbard says it's her experience as a commissioner that makes her the stand-out winner for the seat of Albany Mayor.

"I was part of a commission that started to work to move our city forward. We have a very good financial balance, our bond rating is good," says Hubbard. "I just want to serve the people. That's all I'm asking for is an opportunity to serve the people."

Both candidates say they want more people to get out and vote and are confident the energy from November's election will carry over into December's runoff.

"There was a lot of energy brought into this election and it's not going to stop. We have the momentum going and we're going to keep it and we're going to carry more with us," says Fletcher.

The Voter Registration and Elections Office says they will have more details