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Georgia law enforcers say if you don't wear your seat belt, you can expect to get a ticket. The annual May "Click it or Ticket" campaign got underway Monday across Georgia. Through the Memorial Day holidayMore >>
Georgia law enforcers annual click it or ticket campaign is underway, to get people to buckle up for safety.More >>
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Two Valdosta teenagers are charged with burglarizing a business after they were caught leaving the scene Sunday night. Police say around 11:30 p.m., a 15 and 14-year-old broke into On The Way Tax ServicesMore >>
Two Valdosta teenagers are charged with burglarizing a business after they were caught leaving the scene Sunday night. More >>
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With summer almost here, more motorcycles will be on the road. And south Georgia bikers urge you to watch out for them. They're asking car and truck drivers to look twice and make sure there is not aMore >>
South Georgia motorcyclists urge drivers to pay attention to the road, and look twice before pulling out.More >>
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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer involved shooting in Lakeland. Saturday night around 9:00, 42-year-old Tim Blanton was shot at 196 North Highway 135. GBI agents areMore >>
Saturday night around 9:00, 42-year-old Tim Blanton was shot at 196 North Highway 135. GBI agents are investigating two officers who were involved, a Lanier Co. Sheriff's deputy and a GSP trooper.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 2:25 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:25:47 GMT
Dougherty County Commissioners unanimously denied a $15,000 for the National Youth Sports Program during Monday's Commission meeting. Robert Skinner, the NYSP director, outlined the program's services,More >>
Dougherty County Commissioners unanimously denied a $15,000 for the National Youth Sports Program during Monday's Commission meeting.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - When the General Assembly convenes in January, one of the bills they plan to consider is making certain elected offices nonpartisan. If passed, the District Attorney, Sheriff and solicitor general would all be elected in the general election, without declaring a party. Other local offices could also be become nonpartisan.
As the District Attorney elect, Greg Edwards has the job of making sure criminals are prosecuted according to the law, not according to his personal beliefs or those of a political party.
"Conceptually, I would say, for instance, the District Attorneys office should be perhaps considered a prime candidate to be a nonpartisan race because the District Attorney represents the people," said Edwards.
In Georgia, Superior Court judges are elected in nonpartisan races, and as a quasi-judicial role, Edwards believes D.A.s should be elected the same way. He also agrees the Sheriff and school board are positions that could be best served with nonpartisan elections.
He said, "A lot of times, a lot of citizens want to get involved and they don't want to get into the political aspect of it to the extent they have to sign on to a particular party."
David Maschke, who was recently re-elected to serve on the school board agrees. Plus, he says, why should it matter what party you are affililated with if you have the best interests of the people you serve at heart? "I think things like education, enforcing the law, those are not political issues, those are just issues of doing the right thing and selecting the best candidate regardless of party."
Though he understands there may be opposition to the concept. "What the concern is, is that it would be used to dilute majority voting strength," said Maschke.
If the bill passes, the District Attorney, Solicitor General and Sheriff would be mandated to be nonpartisan elections. Other county offices could become nonpartisan by local act of the General Assembly.
The Dougherty School board considered becoming nonpartisan several years ago, but did not receive the support of the entire board.