Former Georgia Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor stands with Lane Price during a news conference in which Taylor endorsed Price for the at-large seat in the upcoming Dougherty County School board race. Price is running against incumbent Anita Williams-Brown.
ALBANY, Ga. — Former Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor on Wednesday threw his support behind political newcomer Lane Price, who is running for the Dougherty County School Board at-large seat currently held by incumbent Anita Williams-Brown.
“Education is a critical matter for our community, especially when it comes to job creation,” Taylor said during a news conference on the steps the school administration building. “I am excited that a person of Lane’s caliber is ready and willing to serve the people of this community.
“This election is critical to the future of Dougherty County and I am happy to endorse her for school board.”
Taylor, a Democrat who served two terms as Georgia’s lieutenant governor also served six terms as a state senator representing District 12. He lost the 2006 gubernatorial election to Republican incumbent Sonny Perdue.
“We applaud the people of the Dougherty County School System, but we can do better,” Taylor said. “It’s the right thing to do at the polls to support Lane Price.”
While the DCSS has had its issues over the past 18 months, Taylor said that many of the system’s problems have been caused by budget cuts.
“I think, like all public schools in Georgia, the Dougherty County School System has been especially stressed by (state) budget cuts in education,” Taylor said. “Funding cuts have caused pressure to be brought to bear on our public education system. That leads to the challenge of electing the very best people possible to the board of education.
“And that is why I am excited about Lane Price running for the board. We have the infrastructure in place to improve education in our community and we need people like Lane to help us take advantage of those assets.”
Price, the medical director at Willson Hospice House, and Williams-Brown, who is seeking a second term on the board, will square off in the July 31st Democratic primary.