It looked like it was all over but the swearing in. However, there appears to be a last ditch effort to challenge Price in the general election. Reverend Lorenzo Heard of Greater Second Mount Olive Baptist Church delivered what he claims are 3,000 signatures which should land him on the ballot in November.
However, there appears to be some issue with paperwork turned in Friday announcing his intention to submit the petitions to have his name added. Heard admits that the form was in a letter form, rather than as official paperwork, but told WALB that he feels that since it has all the same information on it, it should be more than sufficient. He told Channel 10, “Ginger and her staff all know that the form was on time and it was rather on a legal sheet, it was on a letter. But it was the same information and it should have been accepted.”
Elections supervisor Ginger Nickerson did not immediately respond to a request for information regarding regulations for being listed as an independent candidate.
Reportedly though, Heard’s letter was stamped, and then allegedly rejected. Should that change, then the elections office would have to verify that all 3,000 signatures are registered voters in Dougherty County. If not, then Heard will not be able to appear on the petition.
It’s also been reported that Heard’s letter on Friday was apparently shredded. If true, then it may well be impossible to verify all required information was on the letter as Heard claims.
However, the sudden appearance of Heard so suddenly after Anita Williams-Brown was ousted has many in the community questioning the circumstances. Some have discussed links between Williams-Brown and Heard, though Heard claimed in his television interview that the process of finding someone for the seat began prior to Williams-Brown announcing her decision to run again.
The Journal will continue to follow this story.