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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

October 2, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - In a rare show of unity, Albany Democrats and Republicans came together Thursday to express concern over the appointment of a candidate in a school board race.

The chairwomen of the Republican and Democratic parties want the Dougherty County Board of Elections to look into the appointment of Richard Anson to run against incumbent David Maschke who is Republican.

Maschke's Democratic opponent dropped out and the Democratic party didn't plan to name anyone to run against him, saying they're satisified with Maschke's performance. The state Democratic party stepped in and named Anson as a candidate. Republicans filed a complaint, and local Democrats support them. They say the proper process was not followed.

"It is the intent that our bipartisan stance will ensure that this situation will not happen again. We call on all people involved to always maintain the highest standards of ethics and integrity. Fairness and justice must prevail," said Dr. Constance Burkes, Dougherty County Democratic Party Chairwoman.

They want the board to take up the issue before October 10th. Yesterday, Carolyn Hatcher said the board plans to discuss the issue at its meeting on the 15th.

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