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Another Greater Second Mt. Olive Church member enters BOE fray

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.

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Cartman 2 years, 1 month ago

Greater 2nd Mt. Olive is going all in. It's the bishop's gambit.

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Mari 2 years, 1 month ago

Did Wilson comply with notice of candidacy in a timely manner?

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FryarTuk 2 years, 1 month ago

Has it been determined whether Heard complied with notice of candidacy appropriately and timely?

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Terry.Lewis 2 years, 1 month ago

That remains to be determined.

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PatrickY2K 2 years, 1 month ago

Unlike Heard who is using the "I submitted it on time, I just didn't follow the directions" defense. If you listen closely, you can hear teachers across southwest Georgia laughing.

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jglass 2 years, 1 month ago

I think there is a snake in the grass. Funny how all of a sudden this is popping up. Voters, beware of who you vote for if these two are eligible.

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 1 month ago

Like Riggins is a saint. Please, I'm willing to give the opponent a shot.

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Momof3 2 years, 1 month ago

This is the craziest thing I have ever seen in my life. WHERE were all these people before? Not a one of them stepped up and now all of a sudden, they all have " a calling" to want to help?! Makes me ill. It is so obvious that there is a hidden adenda to all of this and the sad part, the kids STILL don't win. They don't give a rat's behind about making this school system better, they onlywant control. UGHHHHHHHHHHHH

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FlunkyMonkey 2 years, 1 month ago

Why can all these people how run when there was a black candidate in the race? Now, Lane Price has an opportunity to swing the board to majority white and all of a sudden the black candidates are coming out left and right....

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jglass 2 years, 1 month ago

I am so tired of it always being a black/white issue. The best candidate and the candidate wanting to do the right thing for the position is who should run and hopefully win. I want to know why there was no interest back before the primary elections? Yes, there appears to be a hidden agenda. Voters, remember this when the other seats come up for election and lets replace them since they appear to be trying to do something underhanded or slick!!!

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bigbob 2 years, 1 month ago

It is completely a black/white thing, wake up people.

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tywebb 2 years, 1 month ago

you don't think the "Reverend" james bush had anything to do with this.....do ya?

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agirl_25 2 years, 1 month ago

Is James Bush a real Reverand or another pulpit pimp using the title...like Heard uses the title Pastor. I hope all you folks will stop calling him Pastor and hope the Herald will stop referring to him as Pastor. Also please do NOT refer to the blacks as AFRICAN-AMERICANS unless you know for a fact they indeed were born in AFRICA.....it is ridiculous to continue to refer to them in that manner. They are no more AFRICAN-AMERICAN than I am IRISH-AMERICAN..just because my forefathers were from there doesn't mean I need to be referred to as that. Thank you Herald.........

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Cartman 2 years, 1 month ago

Why are these men interested? What is their motive? Im sure it isn't the DCSS budget of about $115m. I'm sure that isn't it. It must be a strong sense of civic duty. They didn't feel this strongly when party qualifications took place, but they sure do want to help the children now.

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ontario1966 2 years, 1 month ago

The Church is nothing but a joke? I can't stand this bible belt crud!

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Albanite 2 years, 1 month ago

If the qualifying cut-off for independents is August 3, then why did the elections office tell certain white candidates that no applications would be accepted after July 31?

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jglass 2 years, 1 month ago

Albanite, are you serious? If any were rejected because of a date, they need to come forward and start raising serious issues!!!

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Mari 2 years, 1 month ago

They did inquire and were rejected but shredded the rejection. Which one of the two largest in membership Baptist churches in Albany is financially connected to Second Mt Olive?Word is out that one of them assisted in financing of building Second Mt Olive. Any truth to that? How can these churches be audited to prove they are not using church funds for political issues?

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 1 month ago

Thank goodness someone stepped up to run against Riggins. I was beginning to lose hope on that one.

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DoctorDorite 2 years, 1 month ago

Time for a new school to be built and the church just happens to have un-needed property, its all about the control/money/power with a little racism thrown in despite their crys for deversity(their favorite word). Investigations don't last forever and its widely known crooks only get their hands slapped in Albany, thats why you see industry going to Tifton, Cordele, Valdosta, Thomasville.

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bubbasmithredneck 2 years, 1 month ago

Sounds like the best church in Albany!!!

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