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April 24, 2008

Alany -- Two candidates formally announced Thursday they're running for seats being vacated on the Dougherty County Board of Education. Tommy Langstaff is running for the At-large position.

The 48-year old Albany attorney graduated from the Dougherty County School System and has four children currently in the system.

 Langstaff said he wants to get the entire community involved in improving Schools. Langstaff said "with more involvement from business and the local schools, talking colleges, banks, churches. We need to get more community involvement in our school system."

Langstaff hopes to replace Richard Anson who served 12-years and is not running again. He urged Langstaff to run for the seat.

The daughter of a county commissioner is running for another seat on the school board. 38-year old Velvet Edwards-Riggins is running for the District 3 seat that represents Central and East Albany.

Riggins is the daughter of county commissioner Maurlean Edwards. She graduated from Dougherty County schools and has three children who are currently students.

 She is the Field Executive with the Girl Scouts of Southwest Georgia and says her close work with the Schools gives her insight into what's needed from the Board. Riggins said "I now have nine after school programs in the school system. So I am constantly, on at least a weekly basis in some sort of school, working with parents, coordinators, and administrators on different parts of my duties."

 Riggins got endorsements Thursday  from City Commissioner Jon Howard and her mother, County Commissioner Muarlean Edwards, who both represent East Albany.

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