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March 2, 2004

Albany- Voters in Ward 4 re-elected their city commission in a runoff with a former commissioner Tuesday night.

Bo Dorough defeated Joanne Pope with 55 percent of the vote. Dorough was already celebrating with friends when the results showed him as the winner.

"The dynamic in a runoff is totally different," Dorough said. "We had to gear back up and start over again at a three week campaign."

His opponent and former city commissioner Pope was waiting at the city's government center when the results came in. Pope lost by less than 300 votes, but says she wasn't surprised after spending most of the day at one of the precincts.

"I saw that the people that voted, they'd come by and they would wave at Bo and I could tell they voted for him."

But the race was a competitive one, bringing voters to the polls for a second time to decide on their commissioner.

"Ms. Pope's been in Albany a long time," Dorough said. "She has lots of friends, she's very competitive. She worked hard. She should be commended for that."

The winner in a runoff is often hard to predict. But these voters sent Dorough back to the commission where he'll begin working with the city's new mayor.

posted at 11:11 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com