Lane Price and Lorenzo Heard
ALBANY, Ga. — With the election less than two weeks away, Dougherty School Board at-large candidates Lane Price and Lorenzo Heard are set to debate Thursday at 7 p.m. at Albany State University.
A news release from ASU states that Price, the Democratic nominee, and Heard, who is running a write-in campaign, will discuss community issues at the forum at the ACAD auditorium.
“The main message I am trying to send is that I am running because I care and am committed to the education of Dougherty County’s children,” Heard, a write-in candidate, said. “I have a history of being involved in education, and I want to make sure our children are educated and develop intellectually.”
According to the release, the candidates will present their respective platforms.
Price, the medical director at Willson Hospice House, ousted incumbent Anita Williams-Brown in July’s Democratic Primary. Days later Heard attempted to get his name on the ballot as an independent candidate but was rebuffed by the Dougherty Board of Elections.
Heard then sued the Elections Board in August, but on the same day also entered the race as a write-in candidate. He dropped the lawsuit earlier this month, saying the legal wrangling was proving to be a distraction to his campaign.
Thursday’s debate is the first, and only, debate between the two candidates.
“I think this is a wonderful opportunity to reach out to Albany State students who might not know me,” Price said. “I want to let them know that the entire community voted for me in July and that I am still the better qualified candidate for the seat.”
ASU officials say representatives concerned with the state charter school amendment vote are also expected to be at the forum.
The event is being hosted by the ASU Student Government Association and the ASU iVOTE2012 committee. The General Election is on Nov. 6, but early voting is under way and continues until Nov. 2.