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November 6, 2007

Albany - - It was a good night for incumbents on the Albany City Commission. 

Veteran Ward 1 Commissioner Jon Howard easily won another four year term to serve East Albany. He easily beat Jimmy Jones.

Commissioner Howard awaited the results Tuesday night at the City Government Building. Supporters cheered him on as those final numbers came in. Howard says he's thankful for the people who live in his ward.  

"I'm so appreciative of what they have done for me. We have developed a relationship, not as an elected official but as a family and bond and I'll continue to work for the betterment of East Albany," Howard said.

Howard will now serve a sixth term on the commission.  

Darton College political science professor Roger Marietta won the Ward 4 race. He beat Lou Easter Hardy.

Marietta's supporters cheered him on at the Corner Café on Dawson Road. Marietta will be the only new face on the city commission next year.

He says he'll bring fresh ideas to make sure Ward 4 continues to move in the right direction. 

"It really was relief. I'm so tired. I couldn't sleep last night. My stomach was in knots the last couple of days. I'm just relieved its over and I'm happy we won and ran a clean campaign with no negativity and all of that," he said.

Marietta will replace Bo Dorough who ran unsuccessfully for mayor.  

Albany's Ward 6 will keep its commissioner. Tommie Postell beat David Williams to retain his seat. He celebrated with friends and family at his campaign headquarters.

Postell says it's been a long process, but he's pleased with the final results. He personally thanked all the volunteers who helped him campaign over the past four months.  

"Everybody was very cooperative who worked with me. Without the efforts of those persons who helped me I probably would not have made it and I appreciate their energies and their help," Postell said.

This is the second time Postell defeated Williams. He knocked Williams off the city commission four years ago.      

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