One of the hottest political races for the new Macon-Bibb County government is the District 2 seat, which on Tuesday gained a fourth announced candidate, Irving Martinez.
Martinez, whose candidacy in the state Senate District 26 race forced a runoff between incumbent Sen. Miriam Paris and former state Rep. David Lucas that ended with Lucas winning the seat, said hes tired of seeing politicians stare across a room at each other without even saying hello, much less accomplishing anything.
Martinez said hed help bring love and care to a community that needs it.
Im angry, but Im also determined, said Martinez, who quoted from the Biblical book of Proverbs and talked about getting thrown out of a Macon City Council meeting.
Martinez, 50, is running for the seat against Macon Councilman Henry Ficklin, 63; Councilman Larry Schlesinger, 62; and political newcomer Brandon Carlisle, 27.
Martinez has never held political office. In the Senate District 26, Martinez said he won 6 percent of the vote with no money.
Martinez described himself as a retired dry cleaner who had dry cleaning and deli businesses in New York.
Martinez said Macon, including the police department, has been overrun by incompetence. He blasted the police, saying they hadnt provided Tasers that could have kept Sammie Davis Jr. alive last December.
Davis, who regularly spent hours sitting in front of the Pio Nono Avenue Kroger, was fatally shot by an officer in what the GBI and district attorney deemed a justified shooting.
The GBI investigation found that Davis lunged at the officer and cut him on the neck, likely with his fingernails.
Martinez suggested that had the officer used a Taser on Davis instead of a gun, he would not have died that day.
Martinez also criticized a police officer who handcuffed an 8-year-old and recently left the force.
District 2 includes portions of Broadway, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Emery Highway and Nottingham Drive.
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