Macon-Bibb County voters will have to settle runoff elections for the mayor and districts 2, 4, 6 and 8.
That means only the candidates in odd-numbered districts won. Those odd-district winners are District 1s Gary Bechtel, District 3s Elaine Lucas, District 5s Bert Bivins, District 7s Scotty Shepherd and District 9s Al Tillman.
Those in even-numbered districts, and the mayors race, now stand theoretically even chances of winning the runoff elections because only two candidates remain in each of those races.
Its odd how things work out eventually, isnt it?
Seal the deal
Three weeks remain in the public contest to design a new official seal for the Macon-Bibb County consolidated government.
Its open to everyone, not just Macon-Bibb residents, and individuals or groups can submit up to two entries each. Full rules and an entry form are available at contest.maconbibb.us; the deadline is Oct. 11.
The new government will need an official seal, replacing current city and county seals, when it takes over Jan. 1.
The task force working on government consolidation is calling for ideas from professional designers, amateur artists and even schoolchildren.
A city-county committee, including graphic artists, will evaluate the designs, and the task force will pick the winner. The approved version may appear on government documents, letterheads, business cards and anything else the new government uses, according to a news release from city Public Affairs Director Chris Floore.
They will be judged on their creative, positive, and timeless representation of the community and/or local government, he said in the release.
The winning artist will be featured in an article on the new governments website for a year and also on a MaconBibb TV Update show.
Contact Trae McCombs for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 478-447-0344.
Anthony B. Ant Harris ran a remarkably unsuccessful anarchist write-in campaign for Macon-Bibb County mayor. Since Tuesdays vote, Harris nearly simultaneously announced he was proud of a media report showing hed gotten no votes (he did receive 26 write-in votes), and that he was proud he could declare victory in a few different ways.
Harris explained on Facebook that he vowed to Never run again, never vote again, and am able to say that the last person that I voted for was ME! Another small victory. When someone said that was the answer of a megalomaniac, Harris replied, Exactly. We should all have a healthy self-esteem.
In business of being busy
The campaign of Chuck Chalk, mayoral candidate in Warner Robins, went public Thursday with comments about Chalks opponents.
In the few weeks since qualifying, mayoral candidates mostly have kept their comments about each other to their family, friends and some in the community.
But Chalks campaign blog referenced his opponents Thursday in a post on his website.
Next to a swirling clock, the post gave an overview of his day-to-day schedule. He works full-time at Robins Air Force Base, attends school at Mercer University, works out, answers messages and campaigns.
Busy does not do his schedule justice, the post says. Then, a list of the current candidates with a simple job description next to each follows. For all but one, it says, retired.
You can make your own decision about who is working hardest, and who will work hardest for Warner Robins, the post concludes.
The post is part of a series of Facebook and blog entries surrounding Chalk urging the community to Get Informed.
Hanging it up
During his campaign for mayor of Macon-Bibb County, current County Commissioner Joe Allen wasnt shy about giving his personal cellphone number to any prospective voter who wanted it. Hes been easily accessible as a commissioner, and he promised to do the same if elected mayor.
But after a fifth-place finish with 1.7 percent of the vote and only three and a half months left in office, Allens had enough late-night calls. Enough is enough, he said on Facebook, in the course of renaming his campaign page Kidsyulelove Prayerrequests (Allen is founder of the Kids Yule Love charity, which gives Christmas presents to needy children).
I no longer will take commissioner calls after 7 p.m. until my time is up in December, Allen wrote. He directs late callers to 621-6660.
Thats the number for the Bibb County Engineering Department, which deals with road, trash and runoff issues. People with animal control or law enforcement needs should call 911 instead of him, Allen wrote.
Allen thanked his supporters and urged them to vote in the Oct. 15 runoff. He didnt tell them which candidate to choose, but he said he plans to vote for Macon Mayor Robert Reichert.
Common Core town hall
State Reps. Nikki Randall and James Beverly are planning a town hall meeting on the Common Core school curriculum. The event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 30 at Central High School in Macon.
Writers Mike Stucka, Jim Gaines and Christina M. Wright contributed to this report.