Mallory Jones beats Beverly Olson in District 4 commission race

lmorris@macon.comOctober 15, 2013 

First-time office holder Mallory Jones will represent District 4 as a commissioner in the new Macon-Bibb County consolidated government.

With all precincts in the district reporting late Tuesday, Jones had 3,255 votes to defeat incumbent Beverly Olson, who collected 2,229 votes in the northwest Bibb County district.

About 66 percent of the voters are white and 27 percent are black, according to the 2010 U.S. Census.

“Well, I’m absolutely elated and very appreciative that I’ve earned the trust and confidence of the people,” Jones said. “I think people want new eyes and fresh ideas.”

An effort to reach Olson Tuesday night was unsuccessful.

Jones, 66, is a Realtor who ran unsuccessfully for the Bibb County Commission District 3 seat last year. Olson, 62, has served on the Macon City Council since 2011, taking Eric Erikson’s seat after he resigned.

The new government -- which has a mayor and nine commissioners -- is mandated to reduce government spending by 20 percent over the first five years, and Jones said prior to the election the reduction goal is doable.

“I think we will be a leaner, more efficient government,” he said.

Jones also would like to see “career felons” banished from Bibb County and from contiguous counties, he said.

“People need to feel safe in their home,” he said.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.

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