Campaign staff for Macon Mayor Robert Reichert ballyhooed a mysterious announcement to be made Thursday morning in Rosa Parks Square. It turned out to be a raft of pretty big endorsements.
Reichert is up against former Mayor C. Jack Ellis in an Oct. 15 runoff to become the first mayor of Macon-Bibb Countys consolidated government, which takes over Jan. 1.
Reichert, a former Georgia House member himself, announced endorsements from five of the seven members of the Bibb County legislative delegation: Rep. Robert Dickey, R-Musella; Rep. Bubber Epps, R-Dry Branch; Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon; Rep. Nikki Randall, D-Macon; and Sen. Cecil Staton, R-Macon. Plus, he read an endorsement letter from former state Sen. Miriam Paris, who was also president of Macon City Council.
Absent were the names of state Rep. James Beverly, D-Macon; and Paris successor, state Sen. David Lucas, D-Macon.
Commissioner Joe Allen, one of Reicherts six rivals in the Sept. 17 general election, publicly threw his support to Reichert, as did Tom Wagoner, a former candidate for Bibb County Commission chairman.
Both candidates for the new District 4 seat on the Macon-Bibb commission, Mallory Jones and City Councilwoman Beverly Olson, were on hand to promote Reichert, as were Councilman Larry Schlesinger, in a runoff for the District 2 seat, and outgoing Councilwoman Lauren Benedict.
And there were lots of non-politicians: Jerome Collins, Bob Fickling, Horace Holmes, Theresa Hoover, Tim Jones, Darren Latch, the Rev. Tony Lowden, the Rev. Frank Ray, John and Pearlie Toliver and Andy Watson, according to the list Reicherts campaign released.Common Coretown hall session
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. Monday at Central High School in Macon.
State school Superintendent John Barge and Bibb County interim School Superintendent Steve Smith are expected, along with representatives from the Georgia Association of Educators.
Beverly Olson, a candidate for Macon-Bibb County District 4 commissioner, received the endorsement of former candidate Theron Ussery this week for the Oct. 15 runoff.
Olson finished second to Mallory Jones in the Sept. 17 special election, with 31 percent of the votes. Ussery was third with 22 percent.
Meanwhile, Macon City Councilman Charles Jones was endorsed by former opponent Regina Davis for the District 8 commission race runoff against fellow Councilman Virgil Watkins.
Watkins took 40.5 percent of the vote during the special election, followed by Jones at 37.9 percent. Davis captured 21 percent of the vote.
Wrens bypass revisited
Nearly two years ago, this Political Notebook reported the news that some transportation officials thought Wrens needed a bypass. Wrens is a town of about 2,200 in Jefferson County, midway between Augusta and Savannah,
The Connect Central Georgia report has finally been released, and it puts the cost of a Wrens bypass at a mere $84.9 million. The benefits would be just 1 percent of the costs.
There are plenty of wetlands in the way. Theres also a rare species of animal, the dwarf waterdog, which is far less photogenic than its name would suggest.
Brooks reappointed to state panel
Gov. Nathan Deal recently reappointed Kenneth Brooks of Cochran to the Georgia Council on Aging.
Brooks is the associate pastor of First Baptist Church in Cochran, where he focuses on directing senior adult ministries. He has served as moderator of the Pulaski-Bleckley Baptist Association, as a member of the Disaster Relief Unit 1-F Feeding Team, and as trustee of the Baptist Village Retirement Communities. He is also a master trainer of Powerful Tools for Caregivers, sponsored by the Rosalynn Carter Institute.
Writers Jim Gaines, Phillip Ramati and Mike Stucka contributed to this report.