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Three African American Females In Mayoral Runoffs in Georgia

by Amanda Smith

Three African American females are facing runoff elections for the mayoral seats in Albany, Douglasville and Savannah, Georgia.

dorothy hubbard B.J. Fletcher

Dorothy Hubbard and B.J. Fletcher
Albany, Georgia

In Albany, Dorothy Hubbard faces white female opponent, B.J. Fletcher in a mayoral race that will seat the first female mayor in the city's history. In the initial election, entrepreneur Fletcher received 40% of the vote while Hubbard received 36%. Career politician John White received 24% of the vote in the November 8th primary. Either candidate must receive 50% of the vote plus one on the December 6, 2011 runoff to win the election.

Hubbard, an Americus, Georgia native, received a Bachelor of Science degree from Albany State University and a Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Georgia in Athens. She retired in 1999 from Albany State University as Assistant to the President after 29 years of service. Hubbard has served as the Ward 2 Commissioner for the past six years and her community activities include leadership roles with the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the Albany Museum of Art and Semper Fidelis Club, Inc. She is married to Robert Hubbard and the couple has four grown children.

Hubbard's opponent Fletcher is the owner of Café 230, the Downtown Farm Market and is managing partner of Ole Times Country Buffet, all in Albany, Georgia.

Rochelle Robinson Harvey Persons

Rochelle Robinson and Harvey Persons
Douglasville, Georgia

In Douglasville, Rochelle Robinson faces Harvey Persons in the December 6th mayoral runoff. In the primary, Robinson received 959 votes (36%), Persons received 701 votes (26%) and two other candidates, Terry Miller and Ron Wilson, received 656 and 346 votes, respectively.

Robinson is an Ordained Minister and serves as Co-Pastor with her husband, the Reverend Jeffrey Robinson, at Total Renewal Church of God in Rex, Georgia. The couple has been married for fifteen years and has three children. Professionally, Robinson has worked in Federal, State and local governments and has served in the United States Armed Forces. She also had a commendable stint in Washington, DC with the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). Robinson worked for Clayton County Mental Health from 1997-1999 and served on the Douglasville City Council from 2002-2006. She was also PTA President at North Douglas Elementary School and is a graduate of the Leadership Douglas Program sponsored by the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce.

Her opponent, Harvey Persons, is retired from sales and business management and is a former Douglasville City Council member and is currently the Vice Chairman of the county's Planning and Zoning board.

Edna Jackson Jeff Felser

Edna Jackson and Jeff Felser
Savannah, Georgia

In Savannah's mayoral runoff election, Edna Jackson faces Jeff Felser on December 6, 2011. Six candidates ran in the primary election, but Jackson came out on top with 7,965 votes (36%) to Felser's 5,115 votes (23%). The other four candidates received 3,200 votes or less. Both contenders are sitting City Council members.

After employment with the Economic Opportunity Authority, Jackson was appointed Director of the Emergency School Assistance Program at Savannah State University in 1971. She retired in 2001 after 30 years of faithful service. Jackson was reelected to serve a third term as Alderman at Large, Post 1 on the Savannah City Council in November of 2007. Subsequent to her election, the members of City Council reelected her to serve a second term as Mayor Pro Tem, making her the first female and first African American female to hold that position on the Council. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) and is the former president for the 12th District.

Jeff Felser has been an attorney in Savannah for 24 years and owns two antiques booths in the city.

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