As of Monday, August 20, 2012
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ALBANY, Ga. — Dougherty County Commissioner Jack Stone questioned Monday the use of county employees to count signatures in the ongoing quest to determine the legality of the Rev. Lorenzo Heard’s bid to be placed on the Nov. 6 ballot in the Dougherty County School Board race.
During a discussion period at the end of the commission’s Monday business session, Stone asked County Attorney Spencer Lee to address the issue.
- “From what I’ve heard about that matter, (Heard) has not paid the fees (required to qualify as an independent candidate) and yet we’ve got six or seven people working — probably some of them working overtime — to count those signatures,” Stone said. “If he’s not qualified because he has not paid his fees, all I see is taxpayer money being thrown away.”
Lee told Stone the county’s Board of Elections had to consider all issues associated with Heard’s bid to take on Democratic primary winner Lane Price for the at-large school board seat, but Stone was obviously not satisfied with that answer.
- “We’re paying good people to do work at taxpayers’ expense,” Stone said. “All I see in this case are county-paid employees working on an issue that — if he hasn’t paid his fees — is null and void. That’s like throwing money away.”
Lee told Stone the primary concern of the Elections Board is to avoid a possible lawsuit.
“The ideal thing would be to handle all issues (associated with Heard’s possible candidacy) at one time,” the county attorney said. “We wouldn’t want this issue to go to court at a later date. There are factual issues that may present themselves at a later date.”
Stone replied: “So, you’re saying I’m hearing only part of the story. I’ll accept that.”