Politics & Government

Political Notebook: Qualifying approaches for numerous Macon-Bibb elections

Just a week after the U.S. presidential preference primary in Georgia, the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections Office will again be a busy place this coming week as numerous candidates turn in qualifying documents.

Candidates for Macon-Bibb County offices that will be on the May ballot will have to declare between Monday and Friday. There are more than 30 positions up for grabs in 2016 including mayor, district attorney, state house and senate, county commission and six board of education seats.

The general election for non-partisan races will take place May 24. If a runoff is necessary, that will be July 26. Primary races also will be May 24. The general election will be in November.


In honor of Women's History Month in May, a proclamation was read during Tuesday's Macon-Bibb County Commission meeting.

As Mayor Robert Reichert asked Commissioner Elaine Lucas to join him for the reading, she then asked her colleague Gary Bechtel to come as well.

"I love women," Bechtel remarked.

"You and Donald Trump," Commissioner Larry Schlesinger joked as he referenced the presidential candidate's remarks.

Last year, Trump stated his love for women after receiving criticism for his stance on equal pay.


Scheduling conflicts of late have led to the postponement of the monthly neighborhood walk by Perry's mayor and city council.

But Mayor Jimmy Faircloth said at Tuesday's council meeting that a date has been set for the next walk. It will be March 29 at 5:30 p.m. in District 3. The meet-up location and route have not been determined, but people can check the city's website, www.perry-ga.gov, for further information.

The walks are held to give the mayor and council a chance to see issues in the city up close and to give residents a chance to talk to their leaders.

"I promise it is not taxing," Faircloth said. "You can walk and talk at the same time."

Staff writers Stanley Dunlap and Wayne Crenshaw contributed to this report.