ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Christopher Pike will be Albany's newest city commissioner.
Tueday night, he easily defeated former Albany city commissioner Arthur Williams in the Ward 3 race. Williams served on the commission from 1982 through 2004. He was defeated then by Morris Gurr. Gurr decided not to run for re-election after serving one term.
Pike defeated Williams with nearly 70-percent of the vote. Pike and his supporters waited for results at Harvest Moon election night.
There was lots of applause when the final numbers rolled in. Pike says he's ready to get to work with a focus on making local government more effective, making the community safer and revitalizing downtown.
"It feels great. This is our second time running. The last time we didn't fare so well but this is God's will. We're in the right time and we're doing the appropriate things and I think our message really resonated with people and that showed tonight. So we're really excited about that," said Pike.
Pike had that unsuccessful run in 2005. The Ward 3 showdown was the only contested race in Albany.
Commissioners Dorothy Hubbard and Bob Langstaff ran unopposed and will serve for the next four years.
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