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Commission will wait to fill District 5 slot

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

September 3, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County Commissioners won't fill the seat left by Commissioner Art Searles' death until voters pick a winner.

The commission could appoint a person to fill the District five seat until the election but opted Wednesday to wait. Instead, they'll appoint the winner of the November 4th special primary to finish out Searles' term after that person is elected.

Commissioner Jack Stone said, "I think this is the right way to do it. Let them fill the unexpired term. Appointing them to fill the term until they take office January 1st, after they are elected by the people. That way, the people put them there, we didn't and that's the best way to do it. That's the right way to do it."

Searles died suddenly August 19th of an apparent heart attack. Three people qualified to run in the special primary. Gloria Gaines, a transportation consultant, contractor Harry James, and Albany Minister Henry Brown.

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