Albany - The postponement of the Albany election, and a run-off, made the race for the Ward 4 City commission seat a long campaign. February 10, 2004, the Ward 4 race ended with incumbent Bo Dorough taking 46 percent of the vote, and Joann Pope receiving 37 percent. Now, both candidates are trying to pick up votes from the third and fourth place candidates.
"I received almost 48% of the vote against three challengers in the three precincts that were already in Ward 4. Now, I'm working hard in the other two precincts Covenant and Westover that were not in my Ward," said Bo Dorough.
"We have a new Mayor, and there's a lot of excitement in the air. At the last meeting, things went very quickly and that hasn't happened in a long, long time." said Joann Pope.
Pope lost the seat to Dorough in 1999 by less than 250 votes.
Two former Ward 4 candidates are now backing Pope. Roger Marietta said he is endorsing Pope because her ideas for improving the City align with his.
"I think she's committed, and has really proven to me that she has the City's best interest at heart. And, she goes to every meeting and religiously attends all the three hours of the meeting. That takes some effort," said Marietta.
Former Candidate Terrence Kennedy also announced his endorsement of Pope this week.