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Price wins School Board seat

Dougherty County School Board at-large Democratic candidate Lane Price greets supporters at her campaign election night party at Cafe 230 Tuesday.

Dougherty County School Board at-large Democratic candidate Lane Price greets supporters at her campaign election night party at Cafe 230 Tuesday.

ALBANY, Ga. — Lane Price, who built a steady lead early in the evening, had a landslide victory over write-in candidate Lorenzo Heard to win the Dougherty County School Board at-large seat Tuesday night.

With unofficial results from precincts reporting, Price, the Democratic Party nominee, had amassed 27,052 votes, or 77.4 percent of the votes cast in the race, while there were 7,886, or 22.6 percent, for write-in candidates. Heard was the only qualified write-in candidate.

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Dougherty County School Board at-large write-in candidate Lorenzo Heard takes a call while waiting with supporters at his campaign headquarters on S. Slappey Blvd. Tuesday night.

Elections officials said voter turnout for Dougherty County was 70 percent.

"I'm so excited," Price said. "It's like a dream come true and I'm ready to hit the ground running in January."

Earlier in the evening, Price said she was pleased with the returns, but was not yet ready to declare victory Tuesday.

"I want to wait and see what the numbers look like when all the precincts are in," Price said in the midst of her supporters gathered at Cafe 230.

Heard, at his headquarters at the Keys Building, had agreed.

"The early voting numbers are still out, so I see no reason to give up yet," Heard said. "I absolutely believe when all the ballots are counted, I will come out on top."

Price was pleased with the way the night was going.

"I feel absolutely wonderful," Price said. "The whole experience has been worth the nine months I spent campaigning. I got to meet people all over Dougherty County.

Price, a political newcomer and medical director of the Willson Hospice House, burst onto the local political scene by unseating incumbent Democrat Anita Williams-Brown by more than 2,100 votes in the July primary.

Her unexpected victory set off a flurry of activity in some political camps and Heard, the pastor at 2nd Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church, attempted to enter the race as an independent.

Heard's candidacy, however, was denied by a unanimous decision of the Dougherty Elections board, prompting him to file suit against the board, contending his candidacy was wrongly denied.

On the same day the suit was filed, Heard qualified to run against Price as a write-in candidate.

Weeks later, Heard dropped his suit, saying it had become a distraction to his campaign and he would concentrate in attempting to prevail as a write-in.

Comments

Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 10 months ago

I wonder if Heard will demand a recount? There just might be a few votes outstanding.

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MRKIA 1 year, 10 months ago

NOW THE POVERTY PIMP CAN GO BACK TO HIS REGULAR DUTIES AND THE SCHOOL BOARD IS BETTER FOR IT.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

MRKIA, didn't you mean multi-millionaire poverty pimp?

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

This is another story they can put to rest. Price won once and for all and people including Heard can just get over it. The people have spoken.

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AuntieDee 1 year, 10 months ago

Speak it I say! You should feel the same way about the Obama story.

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

Because this was about race coach idiot. Price deserved that spot, but the devil tried to take it away from her out of pure racism. That's the difference. Romney didn't run for president at the last minute like Heard did, just to keep a white woman from being on the school board. The stories are as different as night and day, but can't expect you to be smart enough to know the difference.

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AuntieDee 1 year, 10 months ago

You dim-wit. Everything is about race for you because you're obtuse like that. All you preach is hatred towards Blacks and the whites who agree with them.

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ontario1966 1 year, 10 months ago

Hey Heard, the people have spoken White and Black!! They don't want your crap, looks like enough is enough! Now it's time to get rid of #34d

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dmyers80 1 year, 10 months ago

This is a victory for everyone with a child in DCSS!!!

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 10 months ago

Did anybody find out who won the presidential election?

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

But ya boy heard lost. troll!

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waltspecht 1 year, 10 months ago

I do know who lost it in Georgia

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waltspecht 1 year, 10 months ago

Ya Bubba, your man won. I only hope he doesn't go overboard with the Russians now that he has been re-elected. I spent many years boring holes in the Oceans keeping the Russians worried, and don't even like the thought of selling out to them. As to Heard, now is the time to audit the success of the grant programs he is running, and determine just who is receiving a paycheck from the grants. I haven't seen any signs of success from the program, have you?

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jglass 1 year, 10 months ago

Wonderful victory for the DCSS!!!!!!!

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 10 months ago

A great win for the ALL the children and their futures.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

WOW this is about the only Bright Spot on this dismally dark morning.

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AuntieDee 1 year, 10 months ago

I saw many bright spots this morning, all over the web and the TV. I just didn't see any in the Herald. Where were you looking?

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

If you are seeing several bright spots all over the place, you may need to go see a doctor. You may be coming up with an ailment, either that or you have been drinking too much of Obuma's kool-aid.

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AuntieDee 1 year, 10 months ago

I love Obama Koolaide! Too bad you have to live here in Obama Nation (as you once called it) and drink his koolaide as well. You know, you really don't have to. Like I told you before, there are 24 hr flights out of every major airport in Obama's Country. Pick one and go where you can reign supreme. Try the country of Liechtenstein. Its between Austria and Switzerland. You want have to worry about many African Americans there and maybe you can run for a seat on the school board or even for president.

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VietVet1 1 year, 10 months ago

Heard said. "I absolutely believe when all the ballots are counted, I will come out on top."

Now that's funny!

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ittybittyme 1 year, 10 months ago

Heard must be out of $$$. Here's an idea...let the black entitlement community support him with their welfare checks and food stamps.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

.......but 22% of the takers applies to only 15% of the total population meaning that the % of Blacks who get food stamps is the highest of ANY demographic in the country by a long shot.

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

And besides it's irrelevant what percentage of who receives welfare and food stamps. Re-read ittybittyme's comments. No mention that the black community receives more or less, just stated to let the black entitlement community support Heard with their welfare checks and food stamps. The key word here is "Read".

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doingwhatisright 1 year, 10 months ago

No words from Heard...not even a "Thank you for your votes."

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