Two candidates have withdrawn from the Sept. 17 special election for the new consolidated Macon-Bibb County government.
Bibb County Elections Supervisor Jeanetta Watson said that Wednesday was the deadline for candidates to withdraw from the race and get a full refund of their qualifying fees.
Former Macon-Bibb County commission candidates Danny Glover and Celeste Queen have withdrawn from contention, Watson said.
Queen, 59, one of four candidates running for the District 7 commission seat, withdrew last week, Watson said. Queen, who listed herself as a homemaker on her qualifying form, was running against Eric Arnold, Barry Bell and Warren Scotty Shepherd.
Glover, 25, running for the District 3 commission seat, dropped out in May in the wake of a marijuana charge in Jones County. He was running against Elaine Lucas and Terry Tripp in the district. Glover expressed his support for Tripp when he withdrew from the race.
Qualifying for the special election reopens Monday and will run through noon on Wednesday at the Board of Elections office, 2445 Pio Nono Ave. It costs $3,000 to qualify for the mayors race and $450 to qualify for a commission race.
Candidates who have previously qualified wont have to pay another fee but will have to resubmit their paperwork.
The nonpartisan election will take place on Sept. 17, with any necessary runoffs to be held Oct. 15.
For more information about qualifying, call (478) 621-6622 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.