ALBANY, Ga. — Another Dougherty County School Board race just got a little more interesting.
The Albany Herald has learned that Terrance Wilson, the Jordan's Crossing leasing director for Greater 2nd Mt. Olive Baptist Church, is attempting to qualify to run as an independent in the School Board District 3 race against Democrat Velvet Riggins.
Reached Tuesday, Wilson said the Dougherty Elections Board was still certifying the status of 3,000 signatures that are required to get his name on the Nov. 6 ballot.
"I'm really not ready to comment about running yet because they are still certifying the signature and I don't want to jump the gun," Wilson said. "Once the petitions are certified I will give you a full interview."
Riggins, who is under felony indictment for school lunch fraud, was suspended from office last month by Gov. Nathan Deal. She is scheduled to go to trial before Dougherty Superior Court Judge Stephen Goss on Sept. 17.
Should Riggins be acquitted of the charges and Wilson's candidacy is affirmed by the Elections Board, Riggins would have to beat Wilson in the Nov. 6 general election to retain her seat. If she were to be convicted, she would be removed from office permanently and her name removed from the ballot. The District 3 School Board seat would go to Wilson by default.
Greater Second Mt. Olive Pastor Lorenzo Heard also is attempting to get his name onto the ballot for the at-large School Board seat against Lane Price, who soundly defeated incumbent Anita Williams-Brown in last month's Democratic primary. Heard decided to enter the race after Williams-Brown's defeat.
There are questions, however, about Heard's notice of candidacy, which was delivered by District 3 County Commissioner-elect Clinton Johnson to the Elections Board just before last Friday's noon deadline to file. The affidavit was rejected by the Elections Board and Heard's candidacy remains up in the air.
Johnson, the youth coordinator at Greater 2nd Mt. Olive, won the District 3 County Commission race last month and is running unopposed in November.