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Weaver withdraws from School Board race

ALBANY, Ga. -- Through an e-mail sent to The Herald, Lynda Weaver announced she was withdrawing from the Dougherty County Board of Education's District 2 race.

Weaver, a 52-year-old single mother with two sons who are college graduates and a daughter at Radium Springs Middle School, released an e-mail statement to the newspaper to explain her reasons for withdrawing her candidacy.

Weaver told The Herald in a phone call Friday night that she and her family agreed on the following statement and wrote it together:

"After conducting a thorough research of the Dougherty County Board of Education operational practices, my support team and I discovered pertinent, negative, and yet factual information," she stated.

"My team alone with my immediate family decided that it would be best if I not run for a seat on the Dougherty County Board of Education at this time. I would like to thank all of the individuals who supported me since announcing by candidacy (in March). All financial contributions will be returned."

Weaver told The Herald that she did not want to comment about her candidacy beyond what was in the prepared statement.

With Weaver withdrawing, it leaves Sherrell Byrd, 31, to run against incumbent Milton Griffin in the July 20 Democratic Primary. Donnie Smith, a Republican, is also running for the District 2 spot.

Griffin has served on the School Board since being elected in 2000.

Early and absentee voting begins Monday.