Macon-Bibb County Commission District 2 candidate Paul Bronson noted a recent Facebook posting from Macon Councilman Rick Hutto, who declared he wouldnt vote for any candidate who contacted him via robocall.
Bronson said Hutto doesnt have to worry about him -- he doesnt use robocalls to reach out to voters.
Bronson, however, has already received a robocall himself. Ironically, it was a call from fellow District 2 candidate Henry Ficklin, and it went to Bronsons voice mail while he was at church.
It seems highly unlikely that Ficklin will get Bronsons vote during the Sept. 17 election.
Unexpected consolidation effort
While Macon and Bibb County governments are working to consolidate, some departments have decided to merge ... golf outings?
About 40 Macon police officers, Bibb County deputies and supporters went golfing last week at Healy Point Country Club. The event was arranged by Macon police Lt. Wilton Collins and sheriffs Capt. Dennis Hagerman. Hagerman and a sheriffs investigator, Jamey Jones, won the tournament.
Bronson: I can serve as commissioner
District 2 Commission candidate Paul Bronson said a number of people in his district are concerned that his Army service could get in the way of his serving on the commission if hes elected.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Bronson -- a captain in the Army Reserves with the 347th out of Fort Gillem -- said it wont be an issue.
He said that in the event his unit is deployed overseas while hes in office, the command staff would evaluate if Bronson is necessary to the mission. If he isnt, he wouldnt deploy with the unit.
If he is, Bronson said there was an option in place where he could resign his commission.
All my life, Ive been in service, said Bronson, referring to his work as a firefighter, a Bibb County substitute teacher and a soldier. Im more than capable of leading this district.
Not sure where to vote?
If youre near a computer, its easy to get good voting information for the first Macon-Bibb County election. The Telegraphs archive of election stories, including candidate profiles and a map of the districts, is available at www.macon.com/elections online.
Georgias Secretary of State runs the My Voter Page at mvp.sos.state.ga.us online, which can tell you where to vote and give information on some districts.
Bibb County has several maps online, including one that will let you type in an address, find your polling place and get directions. You can get there through a shortcut, tinyurl.com/bibbmaps online.
The election is Sept. 17.
Remember, everyone in Macon and in unincorporated Bibb County gets a chance to vote in the Macon-Bibb County elections. Payne City residents get to vote for mayor.
Early voting runs weekdays through Sept. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Board of Elections office, 2445 Pio Nono Ave. Theres also one special day of Saturday voting, Sept. 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, call the Bibb County Board of Elections at 478-621-6622.
Deal appoints Middle Georgians to boards
Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Middle Georgians to state boards.
Lauren Eckman, a teacher of the blind and visually impaired at the Georgia Academy for the Blind, was appointed to the Professional Standards Commission. Eckman was the 2012 State Schools District Teacher of the Year and the 2013 Georgia Teacher of the Year. She has a bachelors degree from Wesleyan College, a masters degree from the University of Louisville and is pursuing a doctoral degree in special education from Nova Southeastern University. She lives in Macon.
Tom Thompson of Eatonton was also reappointed to the Rural Development Council. He has served as chairman of the Tri-County EMC board of directors for 27 years. He has also been Putnam County Commission chairman, chairman of Gatewood Schools and president of Georgia Milk Producers Inc., and serves as general partner of Eatonton Dairy Farms and president of Tom Thompson Co.
He has a bachelors degree in business administration from Emory University.
Writers Phillip Ramati and Mike Stucka contributed to this report.