Three Middle Georgians were elected as officers of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials at the group’s summer conference, held in Savannah from Thursday through Sunday.
Macon City Council member Elaine Lucas was elected vice president, former Macon City Council member Henry Ficklin was re-elected treasurer and Taylor County Commissioner Patty James-Bentley was elected secretary, according to Lucas.
GABEO’S Web site says the organization was founded in 1970 and has about 800 members. Its objectives include reducing crime, promoting voter registration and fighting illiteracy, according to the Web site.
Lucas said that even though Ficklin is not currently an elected official, he was allowed to remain an officer because he was appointed to the city of Macon’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commission.
“His experience and his work are really invaluable to this organization,” Lucas said in a telephone interview from Savannah.