B.J Fletcher, left, talks with DCSS board member candidate Lane Price during Tuesday night’s campaign party on Whispering Pines Road.
ALBANY — Challenger Lane Price defeated incumbent Anita Williams-Brown by more than 2,150 votes to claim the Dougherty County School Board at-large seat.
With all but provisional votes counted Tuesday night, unofficial election results showed Price, a political newcomer, had 8,685 votes, or 57.2 percent, to Williams-Brown’s 6,499 votes, 42.4 percent.
Price, the medical director at the Willson Hospice House, said Tuesday night that she was thrilled with the numbers.
“I am thrilled, honored, humbled and really amazed at the turnout and the fact that this many citizens of the county want to see a change,” Price said late Tuesday as she left a gathering for her campaign workers. “They care and they want to see a change in our school system.
“They recognize that having a good strong school board will lead to a good school system. We finally have seen an indication that the community wants to work in a unified manner.”
Earlier in the evening, Williams-Brown sounded pessimistic about her chances of retaining the post.
“No one really gave me much of a chance to win the seat the first time,” Williams-Brown said at a campaign gathering at the American Legion Post 512. “This time, they pumped $71,000 into my opponent’s campaign to make sure of it. I did not have the resources or personnel to run the strong campaign I wanted to.”
Williams-Brown, an Albany native and Monroe High graduate, had been holding out hope earlier Tuesday night.
“I think I have gotten my message out there. I admit I am a little antsy right now, but my precincts are not in yet,” she said.