Sumter County Commissioners Shamelessly Waste Taxpayers’ Dollars

August 2018

Randy Howard

Mark Waddell

George Torbert

Staff Reports


In the Federal Case Mathis Kearse Wright, Jr. v. Sumter County Board of Elections has revealed the number of expensive challenges to keep the illegal school board districts. On August 9, 2018, The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals remanded the case back to The Federal Middle District Court (FMDC) in Albany, Georgia where Judge Louis Sands is the chief judge. They issued an order directing Judge Sands to carry out his own order for the seven single-member district plan that the Sumter County School Board Election must honor.

The order from Judge Sands’ Federal Court in Albany on March 17, 2018, said that the court would establish and put into place no later than July 23, 2018, a plan outlining seven single-member school board districts. Sumter County Commissioners voted to appeal the Federal order but it was denied and they lost another court decision.

Judge Sands had four maps of the seven member school districts and he was charged with making a decision on one map that both parties (Matt Wright and the Sumter County Commissioners) could agree on. And Sands has still not ruled on the final map. In the meantime, the three White County Commissioners filed another motion to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals to have the school board elections in May 2018; it was denied by the Court.

“On August 17, 2018, Judge Sands issued an order canceling the school board elections for November 6, 2018. The Sumter County Commissioners voted to appeal Sands’ cancellation order again. This was just last week. Any reasonable observer would have to question why so many lawyers were paid by these three White Commissioners”, says Dr. John Marshall, publisher of the Americus Sumter Observer.

“Taxpayers should be screaming at the commissioners for wasting their hard earned money,” says, Reverend Matt Wright. He says, “At a time when employees need wage increases and we need job growth. The county is
cutting funding for the new high school; roads need repairing, we need to deal with the several requests of the sheriff’s office, and many more concerns.

Our commissioners are constantly declaring how they are unable to carry out the critical needs in our county but they have spent more than $3 million dollars by filing multiple complaints to the Court. They have employed three or more law firms to defend the county in several losing efforts.

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