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November 9, 2005

Albany-- Only 21 percent of Albany voters cast ballots in Tuesday's election. The race for Ward Three city commission ended in a run-off between 22-year incumbent Arthur Williams and political newcomer Morris Gurr.

The two are now fighting for the support of the candidates who weren't victorious,knowing their backing could sway voters.

Ward Three Candidate Morris Gurr woke up to phone calls of congratulation and support. But he knows a new race to represent Ward Three began today.

A run-off narrowed the field of competitors to just Gurr and incumbent Arthur Williams. "I think the main thing I've got to do is to continue to build up my base support," Gurr said.

Gurr knows he must meet more people and ask for their votes. But he and Williams know it's also important to get the support of Hank Young and Christopher Pike, the other candidates who were knocked out of the commission race Tuesday night.

"We have sent an e-mail to Chris Pike and haven't heard back from him yet," Gurr said. "I will try to call him personally and also Mr. Young. I wanted to talk to him too. Some of the issues we brought up throughout the race we're in agreement with. I want to see if we can find some common ground there for their support."

Pike got 190 votes of 1,198. He told us today he plans to talk with both Williams and Gurr to discuss the issues before he'll throw his support and possibly those votes behind a candidate. And he says he may just stay neutral.

Young, who got 247 votes, also hasn't decided who he'll support now. He said he's already spoken with Williams and plans to get in touch with Gurr. But his announcement most likely won't come until the end of the week. No doubt, getting Young and Pike's support and the 437 they earned could lead to a victory.

Arthur Williams did not return our calls today.

The run-off is set for December 6th. All registered voters in Ward Three can vote in the run-off., even if they didn't vote Tesday, but they had to be registered by the October deadline.

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