Macon residents in Alveno Ross’ City Council district will get to pick among some familiar faces.
The lineup for the Nov. 2 race was settled at noon with three candidates: Henry Ficklin, who served 28 years on the council; Michael Ryan, who has fought development around Mercer University; and Ron Lemon, a chiropractor.
Lemon, 48, has lived in the district for a decade and Bibb County for 24 years.
Ryan, 62, lists his occupation as “(former) teacher, lawyer & carpenter.” He has lived in the district 25 years. In recent years, he sued Bibb County over its secret purchases of property near the county jail. He has been trying to get the Macon City Council to preserve as green space some property near his Carling Avenue home.
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Ficklin has lived his 61 years in Bibb County, including 34 years in the district. A minister, he is also a teacher at Southwest High School. He is in the midst of a lawsuit against the school system, claiming that age discrimination kept him from being promoted.
He was first elected to City Council in 1979 and last led the Appropriations Committee. He left that seat to make an unsuccessful run for mayor.
For more on this story, see Thursday’s Telegraph.