Bill would help sheriff candidates

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 7:03 PM
Last updated Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 12:32 AM
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ATLANTA -- Candidates for sheriff who can’t find their high-school diploma could get a break under legislation sponsored by Rep. Wayne Howard, D-Augusta.

House Bill 439 would allow candidates to submit a certified transcript of the courses they took as a way to comply with the requirement in existing law to prove completion of high school within 30 days of qualifying to run.

Candidates have always been able to submit a GED instead of a diploma.

Howard said he saw the difficulty some candidates had in last year’s election in Richmond County.

“We’re trying to fix that so we don’t run into that again,” he said.

A similar bill is also pending in the House.

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SemperParatus
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SemperParatus 02/27/13 - 07:16 pm
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Absurd

Long before a candidate fills out the official paperwork to become a candidate of record, he or she has plenty of time to obtain and organize the appropriate documentation. If a candidate waits until the last minute to "run", well, that's a chance that he or she takes. No one vying for elected office should be afforded a "break". Ordinary citizens need such documents when undertaking major steps in their lives - our prospective politicians should be help to no less a standard.

concercitizen
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concercitizen 02/27/13 - 07:16 pm
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I guess that is why you find

I guess that is why you find so many "good old boy" sheriffs.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 02/27/13 - 07:50 pm
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Incredible!

It is incredible that someone running for public office can't produce a high school diploma. As Semper said candidates have plenty of time to produce records of their intent to run for public office. Sad that only in the State of Richmond County that it takes the State Legislature to help candidates through the process.

my.voice
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my.voice 02/27/13 - 10:07 pm
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Are you kidding me? We have

Are you kidding me? We have no other legislation to offer?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/28/13 - 10:01 am
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Sad

The Richmond County delegation to the Georgia General Assembly is a sad lot. First we had Earnest Smith's nudity bill, then Hardie Davis' plea for raises for government officials, and now this from Wayne Howard. Pitiful.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 02/28/13 - 05:32 pm
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The legislative delegation is just an

extension of Richmond County politics in general! My.Voice and LL you are exactly right!

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