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January 7, 2003

Albany-- City Commissioner David Williams says party switching by several state legislators makes him feel that voters should be able to choose candidates by party affiliation.

He wants the city to return to partisan elections. "I think that declaring that party affiliation,” said Williams. “That part of the election process worked much better for this community than the nonpartisan.”

Mayor Tommy Coleman disagrees, saying there is already too much partisanship. “We have too many divisions, too much contention on the city commission right now. Why do we want to create another division between Democrats and Republicans on the city commission.”

The city did away with partisan races in February 1998. Commissioners took no action on Williams' suggestion.

posted at 4:20PM by dave.miller@walb.com