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Election Bd: Heard suit frivolous?

Heard (right) campaigning Tuesday Heard (right) campaigning Tuesday

"I dare you."

That's the message a failed school board candidate has for the Dougherty County Board of Elections, which may try to force him to pay for what the board says was a frivolous lawsuit.

Rev. Lorenzo Heard conceded to Dr. Lane Price Tuesday, after his write-in campaign came up short.

He initially sued the board of elections, after they ruled that he didn't qualify to run as an Independent.  After the three day hearing, which wrapped up October 3rd, the judge ordered closing arguments from both sides to be put in writing and sent in by October 19th. 

However, Heard dropped the lawsuit on October 16th, saying he wanted to focus on his campaign as a write-in candidate.

The board spent more than $7,000 in court costs.  They're expected to decide next week whether to ask a judge to force Heard to pay those fees.

Heard says he's ready for the challenge.

"If that's what they'd like to do, then tell the elections board to do it and we'll expose and it'll be proven how improper they acted from the first day we turned the documents in," said Heard. 

"The evidence in the case certainly seems to suggest it was frivolous.  But the board has to officially give me the authority to file that motion.  I've got 45 days from the date that the lawsuit was dismissed to file that motion," said Ed Collier, Board of Elections Attorney.

That deadline is November 30th.  The board of elections will discuss this lawsuit at their next meeting Wednesday.

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