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Dougherty County qualifying wraps up

Qualifiers

Lamar Hudgins, R-District 1 County Commission

Gloria Gaines, D-District 5 County Commission

Clifton Johnson, D-District 3 County Commission*

Louise Primerose, D-District 3 County Commission*

James Bush, D-District 5 School Board

Velvet Riggins, D-District 3 School Board

Anita Williams-Brown, D-At Large School Board*

Lane Price, D-At Large School Board*

Robert Youngblood, D-District 1 School Board

Kevin Sproul, D-Dougherty County Sheriff

Emma Quimbley, D-Coroner*

Michael Fowler, D-Coroner*

Victoria Darrisaw, D-State Court Judge*

Christopher Warren, D-State Court Judge*

Willie Lockette, Superior Court Judge

Stephen Goss, Superior Court Judge

Denise Marshall, Superior Court Judge

Nancy Stephenson, Probate Court Judge

Greg Edwards, Dougherty District Attorney

Evonne Mull, Dougherty Clerk of Courts

Carol Fullerton, D-State House 153*

Muarlean Edwards, D-State House 153*

Winfred Dukes, D-State House 154

Ed Ryners, R-State House 152

Gerald Greene, R-State House 151*

Richie Smith, D-State House 151*

Freddie Powell Sims, D-Senate District 12.

ALBANY — Qualifying ended Friday for candidates in July’s primary with just one Dougherty County School board member facing opposition.

At-large incumbent Anita Williams Brown, who is seeking a second term on the board, will square off with political newcomer Lane Price on the July 31 Democratic Ballot.

District 5 incumbent and board Chair James Bush, and District 3 incumbent Velvet Riggins will face no opposition as will Robert Youngblood, who will replace the outgoing David Maschke in District 1.

Informed that he will face no opposition for his seat, Bush said he was pleased and then took a swipe at WALB General Manager Jim Wilcox. “I think people in this town are tired of Mr. Wilcox because he can’t just attack people and give others a pass,” Bush said “People are sick and tired of it. He seems to enjoy attacking people.”

Bush attributed his lack of opposition to being open with his constituents. “I return my phone calls — good and bad,” said Bush. “I’m not perfect and when I make an error I will tell the truth ... and I have always voted for what I think is good for our children.

Youngblood, who was reached in Florida, was surprised at the news that he will face no opposition. “I’m excited, I’m ready to to go to work right now,” said Youngblood. “It feels great to think that the people of District 1 have enough faith in me to run without opposition.

“We have to provide a safe learning environment for our children and our teachers,” said Youngblood. “We have to restore faith in the Dougherty County School System and the Board of Education. It’s going to take the entire board and for the entire community to stand up and support efforts for change.”

Riggins, assured of her second term on the board, was unopposed despite a felony indictment for school lunch fraud.

“I have always tried to do what’s right for the children of Dougherty County,” said Riggins. “My mind has always been on on being a voice for our community. I know what the last few months have looked like in the media and everybody has an opinion, but in my heart I am trying to do what’s right for the children of Dougherty County.”

She then pointed to her accomplishments as a board member for the past four years. “I am proud of with the Phase I and II renovations of Dougherty High School and the College and Career Academy which has brought people together in this community who have never sat across a table from each other,” she said.

In other Dougherty County qualifying, county commissioners Lamar Hudgins and Gloria Gaines will get new terms after drawing no challengers.

“I consider it an honor,” Hudgins said. “If the people we serve don’t see a need to offer a challenger, then I guess it means that they think I’m doing a pretty good job. I’m grateful they have entrusted District 1 to me on their behalf.”

Also unopposed for new terms are Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul, District Attorney Greg Edwards, Dougherty Superior Court Judges Stephen Goss and Denise Marshall, Chief Superior Court Judge Willie Lockette, Chief Probate Court Judge Nancy Stephenson and Dougherty County Clerk of Court Evonne Mull.

Three of the five members of the Dougherty/Lee County legislative delegation also finished the period without opposition. State Reps. Winfred Dukes, D-Albany, Ed Rynders, R-Leesburg, and State Senator Freddie Powell-Sims, D-Dawson, appear each to be headed back to Atlanta.

State Rep. Carol Fullerton, D-Albany, however, will also have to defend her seat against a Democratic challenger, Dougherty County Commissioner Muarlean Edwards, who will leave her commission seat at the end of the year. They are vying to represent District 153.

Magistrate Judge Victoria Darrisaw and lawyer Christopher Warren will square off to see who will succeed the retiring John Salter as State Court judge.

Two people involved in community activities qualified to seek Edwards’ District 3 County Commission Seat. Louise Primerose, a retired registered nurse, and Clifton Johnson, a youth counselor for Mt. Olive Family Outreach Center, are running.

Dougherty County Coroner Emma Quimbley’s re-election bid is being challenged by Michael Fowler.

Staff writer J.D. Sumner contributed to this report.

Comments

Cartman 1 year, 10 months ago

Excellent. That should increase our property values in Lee County.

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MRKIA 1 year, 10 months ago

HERE THEY GO LOWERING THE BAR AGAIN.

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MRKIA 1 year, 10 months ago

I THOUGHT DARRISAW'S FIRST NAME WAS JUDGE.

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Cartman 1 year, 10 months ago

According to a Judicial Qualifications Commission Opinion in a factually similar situation, the use of the word "Judge" on a political ad without explanation that it is a title from a lower court position is a violation of the Judicial Ethics Code. It misleads by giving the impression that the candidate is an incumbent. One may use the title "Judge", if you are one. But not without clarifying it. That is the JQC violation. She needs to follow the rules. This has happened once in the past in Dougherty County, and the candidate had to change his signs. It will be interesting to see how she handles this.

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 10 months ago

Really, no one had the guts to go against Riggins. This just proves that her district could care less about their children. How disgusting. You people need to wake up because you are screwing yourselves and your children. You all should be ashamed!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

Riggins will be in jail by next term, anyway.

Fullerton v Edwards......wow.........that's like asking me which eye would I like to be poked out?

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MRKIA 1 year, 10 months ago

VELVET WON'T BE GOING TO JAIL. MAYBE RESTITUTION AND A FIRST OFFENDER PROGRAM. BUT SHE SHOULD THROW OFF OF HER SEAT AT THE SCHOOL BOARD. IT'LL GIVE HER MORE TIME TO LOOK FOR A REAL JOB. THE GIRL SCOUTS WERE SMART ENOUGH TO DUMP HER IMMEDIATLY.

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Cartman 1 year, 10 months ago

Murlean Edwards - the "Rureel Deal".

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MRKIA 1 year, 10 months ago

WHY HASN'T THE GOVERNOR REMOVED VELVET WHILE SHE'S UNDER INDICTMENT?

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Kay523 1 year, 10 months ago

somebody is in trouble - Ed Rynders name was misspelled! It is an Albany Herald conspiracy and we know the victim:)

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Cartman 1 year, 10 months ago

Let's see if Magistrate Court Judge Darrisaw is ethical enough to correct her State Court Judge campaign signs, or if she will continue to put them out until she is caught.

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MRKIA 1 year, 10 months ago

TOO TACKY AND SELF-ABSORBED TO VOTE FOR. HER SIGNS SAY JUDGE DARRISAW, SO VOTE FOR HER TO REMAIN IN MAGISTRATE COURT.

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

So the make-up of the BOE will only change a "little".....nothing to holler and scream about huh Terry.....

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