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Political candidates are lined up to run in Dougherty County

May 2, 2008

Albany -- 
Albany Police Department Lt. Benita Childs qualified just before the deadline to run for Dougherty County Sheriff. She will face longtime Deputy Kevin Sproul and fellow APD officer James Williams in the race to succeed Jamil Saba.

"Crime rate is high," said Childs. "Higher than it was last year. Therefore that's a signal that we need to do something different. Have new programs."

Childs said she is not sure if she will go on leave from her job at the Albany Police Department, or resign, but she is now running full time as a candidate for Dougherty County Sheriff.

Childs will be opposed in the Democratic Primary by Kevin Sproul, a long time Captain in the Sheriff's Office, and James Williams, an Investigator with the Albany Police Department, who ran against Saba in 2004. There is no Republican opposition.

There are two Democrat candidates for District Attorney-- Current Chief Assistant Greg Edwards, and Ingrid Driskell, the Public Defender in City Court, who also ran for the Office in 2004.

For Dougherty County Commission, incumbent Arthur Searles will be opposed by Harry James for the seat in District 5.

Muarlean Edwards qualified to run again for the County Commission District 3 seat, unopposed.

Incumbent Lamar Hudgins qualified to run as a Republican for the County Commission District 1 seat.

For Dougherty County School Board, Anita Williams Brown, Thomas Langstaff, and Sabrina Owens- Hayes qualified to run as Democrats for the at-large post.

David Maschke qualified as a Republican for re-election to the School Board District One post.  He will be opposed in the Republican Primary by Laura Calhoun. 

Judith Corbett will run as a Democrat for the School Board District One post.

Velvet Edwards Riggins qualified for the School board district three post, and James Bush qualified for re-election for the District 5 post.

Emma Quimbley will be opposed for the Coroner's Office in the Democrat Primary by Andrew Harris, Junior, a jailer for the Sheriff's Office.

Evonne Mull qualified to run for re-election as Clerk of Courts.

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