Schlesinger holds fundraising lead in Macon-Bibb District 2 race

pramati@macon.comJanuary 9, 2014 

Larry Schlesinger holds a huge fundraising lead over political rival Henry Ficklin in the race to become the District 2 representative on the Macon-Bibb County Commission.

The two, both former Macon City Council members, are facing off in Tuesday’s special election.

According to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission website Thursday, Schlesinger has raised $129,544 in contributions, with $46,437 in cash on hand.

By contrast, Ficklin has received just $900 in contributions and has $243 on hand. Ficklin has loaned his campaign $8,500 to cover his campaign costs.

Schlesinger edged Ficklin by 26 votes in October’s runoff election, but a judge later threw out the results after the number of voters given the wrong ballots in District 2 exceeded the margin of victory.

Ficklin spent $7,657 in attorneys’ fees while challenging the runoff, and Schlesinger has spent about $11,000 in attorneys’ fees.

“That’s why I had to give myself the loan,” Ficklin said. “I had to get an attorney to contest it.”

Despite the huge gap in war chests, Ficklin said he shouldn’t be counted out.

“I’m the underdog, and sometimes the underdog succeeds,” he said.

Attempts to reach Schlesinger on Thursday were unsuccessful.

Early voting continues through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections office, 2445 Pio Nono Ave.

Tuesday’s voting will take place in six precincts within District 2, including three split precincts. Voting will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at River Edge Behavioral Center, 175 Emery Highway; Northeast Magnet High School, 1646 Upper River Road; Pentecostal Temple, 928 Anthony Road; Memorial Gym, 763 Long St.; Bruce Elementary School, 3660 Houston Ave.; and North Macon Park, North Macon Park Drive.

To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.

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