Schlesinger holds lead to win District 2 Macon-Bibb seat

jgaines@macon.comOctober 22, 2013 

A Tuesday recount of votes in the race between Macon councilmen Henry Ficklin and Larry Schlesinger for the District 2 seat on the new Macon-Bibb County commission resulted in no change to the tally.

With results exactly the same as in the Oct. 15 runoff, Schlesinger maintained his 26 vote margin of victory out of 3,396 cast in the race to take his place in the consolidated government in January.

“Now that this process is over, he looks forward to engaging in the new consolidated government’s business, after the last two or three months of city government,” said Mike Kaplan, who represented Schlesinger at the Bibb County Board of Elections office. Schlesinger was visiting his mother out of town, Kaplan said.

Ficklin was present, intently watching board of elections staff in a windowed room as they ran absentee ballots through scanners.

Even before the final tally was handed out -- which happened just before noon -- Ficklin said he didn’t expect the recount he requested would overturn the Oct. 15 result.

“I just wanted to see the process,” he said.

Ficklin complained of being slighted by election officials and said he had not received some of the documents he asked for. Given a stack of voter records, he pored over them, picking out a handful he doubted lived in the district.

Ficklin said he didn’t accuse local election officials of any wrongdoing, but that he questioned the fairness of a glitch-ridden process set up by the state. He repeated the claim, also made during his campaign, that District 2 lines were drawn specifically to make his election difficult.

Ficklin said he will decide later whether to pursue any further challenge based on allegations of district residents who weren’t allowed to vote in the race, or non-residents who were, based on faulty district maps.

To contact writer Jim Gaines, call 744-4489.

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