ALBANY, Ga. — The Dougherty County Board of Registration and Elections will meet Friday morning on the issue of the Rev. Lorenzo Heard’s candidacy for the at-large seat on the Dougherty School Board.
In an agenda released Wednesday afternoon, the Elections Board indicated it will address three issues:
- Heard’s independent notice of candidacy for the seat;
- Heard’s qualifying fee;
- Heard’s nomination petition.
Following discussion, there will be a call for a vote, the agenda says.
Heard attempted to qualify as an independent candidate on the final day of qualifying after Lane Price defeated incumbent School Board member Anita Williams-Brown in the July 31 Democratic Primary. There are no Republican candidates for the seat, which is elected at-large in the county.
Elections officials rejected the notice of candidacy, which was brought to them by County Commissioner-elect Clinton Johnson, determining that it was a copy and not an affidavit. The paperwork was returned to Heard’s campaign, and Heard has said it has been shredded.
Elections officials said Heard had not paid the required qualifying fee. They have also been verifying signatures on his petition for candidacy, which has to have verifiable signatures of more than 2,900 registered Dougherty County voters to be valid.
If his candidacy is affirmed, Heard would face Price in the Nov. 6 General Election. If Heard is ruled ineligible, Price’s name would be the only one appearing on the General Election ballot.