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Husband, wife enter politics together

Democrat Carol Tharin Democrat Carol Tharin
Lonnie and Donnie Smith Lonnie and Donnie Smith

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  More than a half dozen people have qualified to run for Dougherty County Commission and School Board.

A Putney husband and wife are both running for office. He for county commission, she for school board.

Donnie Smith qualified today to run for the district two school board seats against June Bug Griffin.

Her husband, Lonnie Smith, qualified yesterday to run for district two county commission, held by John Hayes. They are both running as Republicans.

Also qualifying today to run for school board today was Democrat Carol Tharin. She will seek the district 4 seat being vacated by Emily Jean McAfee.

Tharin is a retired financial advisor and says she'll fight for higher graduation rates and test scores and will work with other school board members to do what's best for the students.

"I'm going to come in with an open mind and I'm not going to be judgmental about anybody that's on the board.  I'm going to form my own opinions, if I'm elected and I'm just going to try to do what's right.  What's right for the students, what's right for the voters and the taxpayers," said Carol Tharin.

District six county commissioner Jack Stone also qualified today for reelection as a Democrat.

Dean Phinazee will run for the District 6 School board seat being vacated by Michael Windom. Republican Ewell Lyle also qualified yesterday to run for County Commission District 4, being vacated by Dr. Charles Lingle.

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