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Response to the ‘Definition of Concepts’ and claims of racism

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The Dougherty County Elections Board has spoken.  They found that Rev. Lorenzo Heard didn’t meet any of the requirements to be on the ballot.  No matter how Heard and his supporters try to slice it, it wasn’t a case of racism.

Make no mistake.  On two of the three issues with his candidacy, he had sufficient grounds for a legal case.  First, his notice of candidacy apparently should have been accepted, but it wasn’t.  This is a serious mistake from the elections office, and not the first one in the last year or so either.  They should have, and there is sufficient legal standing to argue that he should be given leniency on that one.  Unfortunately, the fact that the original document was destroyed certainly didn’t help.

The next was his not paying the qualifying fee.  As much as some people wanted to point at that as grounds alone for keeping Heard of the ballot, there’s something to consider.  Even if he had tried to pay his fee, he wasn’t going to be a candidate based on what the elections office was saying.  Who in their right mind would pay a fee for a race you weren’t going to be allowed to run in.

The third is the lack of valid signatures, and on this one there’s no one to blame but Heard.  Despite his supporters claims that he was only given “from Friday to Monday” to secure the required signatures, that’s either a flat out lie or pure incompetence.  The law clearly states that you have 180 days – almost six months – to get the necessary signatures.

Heard’s attorney, Maurice King, claims that Heard will be on the ballot in November.  I’m amused by this notion.  King, an attorney, should understand the law.  I happen to feel that our whole ballot access statutes need to be seriously overhauled, but the fact is that Heard didn’t get the required signatures.  In fact, 13 were reported to be the exact same handwriting.  That sounds like possible fraud on someone’s part, though not necessarily Rev. Heard’s.

What bothers me is the idea that King is espousing, the idea that the rules don’t really matter. While the rules suck, saying they don’t matter sends what kind of message to the kids of Albany?  Far too many of them don’t think the rules apply to them anyways, but there’s apparently no effort on the part of some of our community leaders – and the pastor of a decent size church certainly qualifies as such – to provide a real role model of such behavior.

Lorenzo Heard had his shot.  He goofed.  Big time.  Since he clearly can’t follow the basic instructions on being named a candidate, then perhaps he should consider that maybe he’s not really qualified to serve on the Dougherty County Board of Education.

Just a thought.

 

 

The Dougherty County Elections Board has spoken.  They found that Rev. Lorenzo Heard didn’t meet any of the requirements to be on the ballot.  No matter how Heard and his supporters try to slice it, it wasn’t a case of racism.

Make no mistake.  One two of the three issues with his candidacy, he had sufficient grounds for a legal case.  First, his notice of candidacy apparently should have been accepted, but it wasn’t.  This is a serious mistake from the elections office, and not the first one in the last year or so either.  They should have, and there is sufficient legal standing to argue that he should be given leniency on that one.  Unfortunately, the fact that the original document was destroyed certainly didn’t help.

The next was his not paying the qualifying fee.  As much as some people wanted to point at that as grounds alone for keeping Heard of the ballot, there’s something to consider.  Even if he had tried to pay his fee, he wasn’t going to be a candidate based on what the elections office was saying.  Who in their right mind would pay a fee for a race you weren’t going to be allowed to run in.

The third is the lack of valid signatures, and on this one there’s no one to blame but Heard.  Despite his supporters claims that he was only given “from Friday to Monday” to secure the required signatures, that’s either a flat out lie or pure incompetence.  The law clearly states that you have 180 days – almost six months – to get the necessary signatures.

Heard’s attorney, Maurice King, claims that Heard will be on the ballot in November.  I’m amused by this notion.  King, an attorney, should understand the law.  I happen to feel that our whole ballot access statutes need to be seriously overhauled, but the fact is that Heard didn’t get the required signatures.  In fact, 13 were reported to be the exact same handwriting.  That sounds like possible fraud on someone’s part, though not necessarily Rev. Heard’s.

What bothers me is the idea that King is espousing, the idea that the rules don’t really matter. While the rules suck, saying they don’t matter sends what kind of message to the kids of Albany?  Far too many of them don’t think the rules apply to them anyways, but there’s apparently no effort on the part of some of our community leaders – and the pastor of a decent size church certainly qualifies as such – to provide a real role model of such behavior.

Lorenzo Heard has his shot.  He goofed.  Big time.  Since he clearly can’t follow the basic instructions on being named a candidate, then perhaps he should consider that maybe he’s not really qualified to serve on the Dougherty County Board of Education.

Just a thought.

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