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Cutler/Washington fight for District 3 Commission seat again

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July 11, 2004

Albany - Bringing more businesses to Albany's eastside is the main issue in many of this year's political races. And, that's what both candidates battling for the Dougherty County Commission District 3 seat want to do.

It's been a quite race so far. Incumbent Dougherty County Commissioner Brenda Robinson Cutler and challenger Bob Washington aren't slinging mud or putting up dozens of signs. They, however, are promising to bring more businesses, services and entertainment to Albany's east side.

"I just want to see a library in this area," said Cutler. A eastside library is Cutler's latest "want" for her district. She says she's supported projects to improve her community including turning the old Jackson Heights Daycare into a Wellness Center and two of downtown's latest attractions.

"The First Tee program and the new Riverfront Park are both in my district. And, the Park is really doing great," said Cutler.

Bob Washington, who lost to Cutler in 2000, is again trying to win the District 3 seat with a super-sized vision for his community. "I would like to see a Super Walmart on the eastside. We need to get this place booming," said Washington.

Washington critizes Cutler for voting on a budget that included a property tax increase. "It just keeps coming down to the problems of tax increases," said Washington.

"People have to understand if you want services, you have to pay for them," said Cutler. She says she fought to give employees a raise and improve their benefits and to cut the budget money, so a tax increase was unavoidable.

Cutler succeeded her late husband in District 3 in 2000, beating Washington by 81% of votes.

Posted at 10:35PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com