No candidates qualified Thursday to run for office in the special nonpartisan election for the consolidated Macon-Bibb County government.
Candidates have until noon Friday to qualify at the Bibb County Board of Elections, 2445 Pio Nono Ave., for mayor or one of the nine county commission seats in the new government, which comes into power Jan. 1. Qualifying costs $3,000 for mayor and $450 for a commission seat.
The election is July 16.
The U.S. Department of Justice has yet to approve the nonpartisan election and has until June 2 to issue a ruling. Should the nonpartisan election not be approved, candidates would have to re-qualify for an August primary and a Nov. 5 general election.
The candidates who have qualified so far this week are:
Mayor: Robert Reichert, 64, attorney and Macon mayor; C. Jack Ellis, 67, a consultant and former Macon mayor; Joe Allen, 63, a retired firefighter and Bibb County Commission vice chairman; Sam Hart, 71, an educator and Bibb County Commission chairman; Charlie Bishop, 68, a former Bibb County Commission chairman and retired Macon deputy police chief; and David Cousino, 52, a security manager.
District 1: Gary Bechtel, 52, a Bibb County Commissioner and banker.
District 2: Henry Ficklin, 63, a retired educator and Macon City councilman; Larry Schlesinger, 62, a rabbi and city councilman; and Paul Bronson, 27, an army officer and substitute teacher.
District 3: Elaine Lucas, 62, an educator and city councilwoman; and Danny Glover, 25, an advertising account executive.
District 4: Mallory Jones III, 65, a Realtor; Beverly Olson, 62, a small business owner and city councilwoman; and Theron Ussery, 69, a former city councilman and manager at AT&T.
District 5: Bert Bivins III, 71, a Bibb County commissioner; and Louis Frank Tompkins, 70, a city councilman.
District 6: Robert Abbott, 64, a retiree; Ed DeFore, 81, a city councilman; and Adah Roberts, 62, a certified public accountant.
District 7: Celeste Queen, 59, a homemaker; Warren Scotty Shepherd, 63, a retired law enforcement officer; Barry Bell, 50, a golf course manager; and Eric Arnold, 38, a software developer.
District 8: Regina Davis, 51, a real estate broker; Charles Jones, 59, a pastor and city councilman; and Virgil Watkins Jr., 28, a pre-college advisor and city councilman.
District 9: James Timley, 68, a retired educator and Macon City Council president.
To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.