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November 6, 2007

Albany--  Thousands of voters made their way to the polls for local elections across south Georgia. Here in Albany, the most closely watched race was for Mayor. Incumbent Willie Adams fought off a tough challenge from city commissioner Bo Dorough.

You've seen the signs all over the city.  One was seeking re-election, the other asking to be Mayor for the first time. But there could only be one winner. We showed you the results live on television.

"I feel very elated. I'm happy. Very much so," said Mayor Willie Adams.

There were lots of hugs and congratulations at the Willie Adams headquarters after it was announced that he won the majority of the votes. Voters gave him nearly 60 percent.

"One of the reasons I wanted to support Mayor Adams was because he has stability here in the city. He works here. He's a doctor and he's well known," said supporter Keith Gaines.

Adams made his platform well known. His campaign was a message of clear, confident and committed.  "The campaign has been very challenging and it's been very tiresome," said Adams.

It paid off. Fellow candidate Bo Dorough came by to shake hands and congratulate Adams on his win.  Adams' focus is now on his next four years in office.

"There are a lot of things that Albany needs. We talk about jobs. We talk about education. One of the things that certainly comes on top is crime," said Adams. Those things will be a priority on his list. But he's proud of what has already been accomplished since in office.

"I think we've turned the city and pointed it in the right direction," said Adams. He thanks the voters for seeing his vision for the city, once again.

Other things Adams wants to focus on is fixing transportation issues in the city. He wants to continue looking into an I-85 expansion. Another big issue he's pushing is the banishment of repeat drug offenders.

Bo Dorough said Tuesday that he does not plan to run for political office again after serving two terms on the commission.  

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