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Dougherty School Board Chair Carol Tharin endorses Melissa Strother for School Board seat

Strother and Aaron Johnson will face off in the May 20 Democratic primary

Dougherty School Board Chairperson Carol Tharin, left, officially endorsed Melissa Strother on Tuesday in her bid for the board’s District 4 seat. Strother will face Darton State College assistant professor Aaron Johnson in the Democratic primary on May 20. (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)

Dougherty School Board Chairperson Carol Tharin, left, officially endorsed Melissa Strother on Tuesday in her bid for the board’s District 4 seat. Strother will face Darton State College assistant professor Aaron Johnson in the Democratic primary on May 20. (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)

ALBANY — With the May 20 primary rapidly approaching, Dougherty County’s political scene has been lacking public endorsements of candidates.

That changed Tuesday when Dougherty County School Board Chairperson Carol Tharin announced she was throwing her support behind Melissa Strother in her bid for the school board District 4 seat against Darton State College associate professor Aaron Johnson.

Strother and Johnson are vying for the seat currently held by Tharin, who is not running for re-election.

“I’m here today to announce I am endorsing Melissa Strother for the board of education,” Tharin said. “I’ve known Melissa for awhile and she has attended all the board meetings. I think she is qualified and, if elected, will do a fine job.”

Strother said she appreciated Tharin’s support.

“First of all, I am flattered by the endorsement,” Strother said. “I have so much respect for (Tharin’s) work on the board and I am so excited about the possibility of joining the school board. As I have said before, if elected my top two priorities will be literacy and reducing class sizes.”