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Coleman seeks Re-election

September 3, 2003

Albany - Mayor Tommy Coleman is running for a fifth term in office. The Albany attorney and 4-term Mayor announced his candidacy Wednesday. And, he says his experience will lead to his victory. At a election kick-off party, Coleman told his supporters he can help save the Albany Marine Base from closure and can help bring jobs and new businesses to the community.

Coleman said he decided to run a fifth term because a continued leadership is needed to complete projects such as a new police station and the renovation of downtown Albany. "We have too many important projects on the line to change the leaders now. Albany needs the current team of leaders to finish these projects."

The government plans to close 100 military bases around the country. And, Coleman says he will focus his efforts this year on saving the Albany Marine Base from the cut list. "This is the most important issue facing our town right now. Many jobs and a lot of money would be lost if the base closed. We must fight to keep the base open."

Coleman has held the mayor's post from 1990-1992 and again from 1996 until now. But, the population has changed since those races and is now more than 60% African American. "I think of people as individuals. I don't look at them as black or white, or poor or rich. If someone needs help, I'll help them. I hope people know that."

Coleman hopes voters look past race and focus on his past. He says he's never voted for a tax hike and can bring business and jobs to Albany. "We've had many businesses come to Albany lately from hotels, to restaurants, to a call center. We need to keep the momentum going."

At least two other candidates plan to run against Mayor Coleman. Dr. Willie Adams and Marcia Felts Wimberly have already announced their candidacy. Qualifying for the mayor's race and city commission seats for Wards 1, 4, and 6 begins Monday and ends Friday. The elections are scheduled for November 4th.

Posted at 6:20PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com