Benita Childs, a candidate vying to become the next Dougherty County Sheriff, sharply criticized the publisher of a local weekly newspaper Wednesday after he wrote an opinion column predicting her candidacy would split the black vote and prevent James Williams, the candidate endorsed by the paper, from winning the seat, as the Albany Herald is reporting.
Standing in front of the offices of the Albany Southwest Georgian, Childs called on the public to reject publisher Art Searles’ column, calling it “venomous rhetoric” meant to keep the Dougherty County community divided. In a column published in the May 7-13 edition of the Southwest Georgian, Searles, who also serves as the Dougherty County Commission’s District 5 representative, hinted that Childs had been put up to running by what he called the “white power structure,” in an effort to split the black vote, making it tougher for Williams to win. [Emphasis added]
Damn those white overlord oppressors!