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Heard applies for school board seat

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A box of petitions that Heard brought to qualify A box of petitions that Heard brought to qualify
"We were trying to find somebody else to run," said Heard "We were trying to find somebody else to run," said Heard

Election officials are trying to determine if an Albany pastor has qualified to run in November as an Independent for the Dougherty County School Board at large seat.  

Lorenzo Heard wants to challenge Lane Price, who won the Democratic primary and expected to run unopposed in November.  When Lane Price won last Tuesday, she expected to take office in January since there was no Republican candidate to challenge her in November.

Heard is now trying to get his name on the ballot. But the timing is questionable.

It was a mad dash to the Dougherty County Supervisor of elections office. Lorenzo Heard had until noon Monday to file close to 3,000 nomination petitions to be placed on the ballot as an Independent for the Dougherty County School board at large seat.

"We were trying to find somebody else to run," said Heard. "I did not want to, but when we could not find anyone else we talked with some other people hoping that they would and several promised to let me know when, some Thursday and when they didn't by Friday, I decided I had to do it. And I feel very compelled to get involved."

Heard, who's a pastor at Greater Second Mount Olive Church, called upon his community to come sign the petitions before the deadline.

Just last Tuesday, Lane Price defeated the incumbent, Anita Williams-Brown, shifting the majority of the school board from black to white. When asked about his questionable timing, Heard says he voted, but felt like he had to do more.

"This is a result of wanting to make a difference even before Anita Williams-Brown even decided she was going to run again. There were people talking about finding someone who could make the school system better, that our kids deserve better."

Heard also had until noon of this past Friday to file a notice of candidacy to put his name on the ballot.  But that paperwork is in question.  "

Heard says he turned in the form on time, and staff in the supervisors of elections office stamped it, then rejected the form. 

"Ginger and her staff all know that the form was on time and it was rather on a legal sheet, it was on a letter. But it was the same information and it should have been accepted," said Heard.

Ginger Nickerson, the elections supervisor declined to comment.  We still haven't been told whether Heard actually met all of the deadlines to qualify.

If he did, the elections office must verify the petition signatures that Lorenzo Heard turned in on Monday.  Close to 3,000 of them must be registered voters in Dougherty County for Heard to qualify.

Lane Price didn't want to say too much since nothing is official. She does hope that the democratic party will stand by her.

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