Thousands of people voted in last months first Macon-Bibb County elections, but they didnt actually finish when they picked five county commissioners.
Voters will return to the polls between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday to pick a mayor and four county commissioners in runoff elections. Any registered Bibb voter -- whether they cast a ballot last month or not -- can participate this go-round.
Voters across Bibb can choose between C. Jack Ellis and Robert Reichert for mayor. Voters who live in undecided commission districts can cast a ballot for their commissioner of choice. In District 2, Henry Ficklin and Larry Schlesinger face off. In District 4, its between Mallory Jones III and Beverly Olson. Ed DeFore and Adah Roberts are seeking the District 6 seat. In District 8, the top two vote-getters were Charles Jones and Virgil Watkins Jr.
For information, of course, you can read The Telegraph or visit www.macon.com/elections.
Ellis picks up endorsements
Former Macon Mayor C. Jack Ellis received endorsements from state Sen. David Lucas, Bibb County Commissioner Lonzy Edwards and Macon City Council President James Timley at a news conference in Rosa Parks Square on Thursday.
In addition, Ellis also received the endorsements of local union officials, as well as a monetary contribution.
Council members Lonnie Miley, Henry Gibson and Elaine Lucas also stood behind Ellis at the news conference, but didnt speak.
Friday, Ellis picked up the endorsements of 13 local ministers and pastors, including Councilman Henry Ficklin.
Five minutes withMacons mayor
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert plans another monthly Mayors Night In at 5:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall. Residents can ask questions and express concerns to the mayor on any subject, within five minutes time. Call 751-7170 to schedule a time to speak.
A question of priorities
At a forum for the runoff candidates Thursday sponsored by the Bibb County Democratic Party, moderators chose an interesting question with which to lead off.
Rather than ask about the candidates priorities or the biggest challenges facing the new consolidated government, the candidates were asked about their thoughts as to what the new Macon-Bibb County seal should look like.
The candidates gave a variety of answers, though District 6 Commission candidate Adah Roberts, a CPA, might have given the most honest response when she said she was a numbers person, not an artistic one, and that she hadnt given the matter a great deal of thought.
Roberts and her District 6 opponent Ed DeFore showed up for the forum, as did candidates Henry Ficklin (District 2), Beverly Olson (District 4) and Virgil Watkins (District 8).
Rolling it up
The Georgia Department of Education will begin a retreat Monday with reception and dinner in Dalton. The next day starts with tours. Of carpet plants. At 6:55 a.m. Thatll get em raring to go!
Writers Phillip Ramati and Mike Stucka contributed to this report.