Attorney Henry Williams, left, and Greater 2nd Mt. Olive Baptist Church Pastor Lorenzo Heard stand on the steps of the Dougherty County Courthouse Tuesday where they announced they have filed suit to force the county Board of Elections to place Heard’s name on the November ballot against Lane Price in the at-large school board race.
ALBANY,Ga. — The Dougherty Judicial Circuit’s three Superior Court judges have voluntarily recused themselves from hearing Lorenzo Heard’s lawsuit in which he asks to be included on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot.
Heard is seeking to run as an independent to challenge Democrat Lane Price, who defeated the Democratic incumbent, Anita Williams-Brown, in the July 31 Democratic Primary. There is no Republican candidate.
Heard filed suit Tuesday against the Dougherty Elections Board, contending he was incorrectly disqualified from running as an independent. The board, in a hearing last week, determined Heard had not met the requirements for filing his affidavit, had not paid his candidate qualifying fee and did not have enough signatures on his petition of candidacy.
In their joint recusal order, Chief Judge Willie Lockette and Judges Stephen Goss and Denise Marshall ask that the administrative judge for the state’s Second District appoint a superior court judge or superior court senior judge from outside the Dougherty Circuit to hear the case.
In a related development on Wednesday, Heard placed a classified ad in The Albany Herald announcing his intention to run as a “write-in candidate for Dougherty County Board of Education at-large seat.”