Albany State University hosts final 2019 Mayoral Debate

(ALBANY, Ga)- In a packed house at Albany State university, four of the seven candidates for the Albany mayoral race spoke at the final debate before Election Day.

With candidates, Henry Mathis, Bo Dorough, James Pratt Jr, and Omar Salaam taking the stage Tuesday evening.

“Under the Mathis Administration, I will bring every discipline that’s here on this campus into an internship with the city. I will manage the students with the city and every department within the city…” said Mathis.

Candidates spoke on a variety of topics ranging from Albany State’s incorporation into the city and the ongoing problem of dilapidated homes and homelessness in Albany.

Pratt told those in attendance, “I want to guarantee you that we’re gonna transform this city. Not simply change it, but transform it into a better place. Not into the Good-Life City again, but the Best-Life City.”

As candidates were given time to discuss their respective platforms to the public, many expressed wanting to be the change the city needs.

“We all know what the problems are. We’ve got rampant crime, and some of the highest poverty rates in the United States. In the last 10 years, the Albany workforce has lost ten percent of their jobs,” says Dorough

Salaam told the audience,“I’ve seen Albany in its heydays. I’ve seen Albany in its worst days. I love this city. This is our city. We can work together to make Albany like it used to be a long, long time ago.”

Candidates, Tracy Taylor, Edward Allen, and incumbent, Dorothy Hubbard were unable to attend the debate.