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Allegations fly in District-one Dougherty County School Board race

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

October 7, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The District-one Dougherty County School Board candidates continue to sling mud at each other. Tuesday both camps fired off allegations.

David Maschke attacked Richard Anson's mis-statements over how much it cost to determine that School Board Attorney Tommy Colemen's office had over billed the district. Maschke also said Anson's flew in early to several out of town conferences, didn't attend scheduled sessions, turned in receipts for restaurants that included liquor purchases and left before the meetings ended.

"He goes to the event early sometimes two days before it starts sometimes four days before it starts and he never stays for the full conference, just like he does with school board meetings sometimes he comes sometimes he doesn't," said David Maschke, District-1 Dougherty School Board Candidate.

"I go to the sessions that interest me and I've never overspent my budget going and Mr. Maschke as a matter of fact needs to start attending more meetings, he's not abreast of what's going on," said Dr. Richard Anson, District-1 Dougherty County School Board Candidate.

Retiring District Attorney Ken Hodges endorsed Anson today at West Town Elementary School. Hodges said during that school's expansion, Maschke wasted taxpayer money by launching allegations of fraud and mismanagement. Maschke says his questioning saved the district a million dollars. Maschke challenged Anson to debate him, Anson told us he accepts that challenge.

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