ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Municipal election day is less than six weeks away in Georgia.
Albany residents filed into the Civil rights museum to figure out who will get their votes in the Albany mayor's race. Incumbent Dorothy Hubbard and businessman Lane Rosen attended the forum.
Mayor Hubbard stressed the importance of solidarity.
"When I look back," recalled Mayor Hubbard. "I only did this because I had the help and support of someone and I think that's what we are seeing in our communities."
Her opponent, Rosen, has roots in Albany that go six generations deep. He is focused on the economic empowerment of the good life city.
"We need to go much farther than our boundaries to recruit business into Albany," said the aspiring politician. "And that's where the jobs are. Send our ambassadors out in the world and have them bring back food."
Hubbard also wants to see the Albany job market grow. She stayed consistent with her theme of working hand-in-hand.
"We are talking about jobs and economic development, said Hubbard. "We have to know how each of us impact economic development. And so in order to do that, we have to come together, we got to communicate and we have to work together."
Rosen said he would work to uplift the underprivileged.
"We rank highest in the nation in poverty and unemployment rate," said Rosen. "And I think it's very appropriate that we're here in the civil rights institute where these problems are acutely felt more in the black community."
A third candidate, dental Assistant Tracy Taylor, did not attend tonight's forum.
The candidates in the Ward 4 city commission race also spoke at the forum.
Incumbent Roger Marietta has served for almost eight years.
He's being challenged by Chad Warbington, an engineer who considers himself an economic leader in Southwest Georgia.
"I'm a business owner, said Warbington. "So I understand how it is to run a business. what it takes to run a business. and I really understand what it takes to recruit new businesses and recruit those new jobs to Albany."
His opponent has a different focus.
"Crime rate in my ward is the lowest in the city, said Marietta. "And I'm proud of that. We want to keep it that way. so that's why we want to stay the course and keep doing the good job that I'm doing."
Advance voting begins October 12th. Election day is November 3rd.