Mallory Jones and Beverly Olson will face each other again in a District 4 runoff election next month.
Final, unofficial tallies late Tuesday showed Jones with 2,199 votes, Olson with 1,440 and Theron Ussery with 1,024.
Since one candidate did not draw a majority of the votes cast, a runoff will be held Oct. 15.
“I feel good,” Jones said after the results were counted. “I was hoping to win this thing without a runoff, but I’m glad to be in the No. 1 position.”
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Jones, 66, is a Realtor who ran unsuccessfully for the Bibb County Commission District 3 seat last year, losing by fewer than 50 votes. Olson, 62, the only incumbent in the District 4 race, has served on Macon City Council since 2011, taking Eric Erikson’s seat after he resigned. Ussery, 69, was a member of the oversight committee for the special purpose local option sales tax and a member of Macon City Council from 1976 to 1995.
“It’s an exciting time for this city, and we need to turn it around,” Jones said during an election night party at his real estate office.
Attempts to reach Olson late Tuesday were unsuccessful.
Jones and Olson have said that attracting new businesses to the county and improving its image were important. They also said they would work to meet the mandated 20 percent reduction in government spending during the first five years.
Jones said that during the runoff he will continue to put out the same message he’s been running on, “which is growth and opportunity, transparency and accountability. We’ve got to be able to bring jobs here.”
He said would like to send career criminals out of the county by banishing them from Bibb County and contiguous counties.
Olson said before the election that the new commission should help promote and support existing economic development groups.
“We need to be ambassadors of the city,” she said. “It takes everyone working together.”
In order to reduce the budget, the new commission will have to look at any duplication of services and may have to look at reducing personnel who hold the same positions, Olson said.
Olson said she looked forward to the reduced size of the government, which will take office in January 2014.
To reach writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223. Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report.