Ellis, Cousino to run for Macon-Bibb mayor

C. Jack is back, again.

Former Macon Mayor C. Jack Ellis on Tuesday night announced his plan to run for mayor of a consolidated Macon-Bibb County government.

Ellis told The Telegraph that, though he opposed consolidation, he wants to help fix it.

“There’s still some things I feel we still have to do in the city whether it’s consolidated or not,” Ellis said. “I still have a vision for our town and still have a commitment to make it a better place.”

Ellis said consolidation would require many layoffs, making him better qualified than current Macon Mayor Robert Reichert, whom he attacked.

“I think I have a little more compassion. I don’t think I could sleep well at night knowing we’re paying $500 a month to a country club while laying people off,” Ellis said.

Reichert told The Telegraph that he hadn’t thought about whether he’d run for mayor of the consolidated government, which will launch in 2014.

Reichert defeated Ellis in a run-off election for mayor last year.

Two-time mayoral candidate David Cousino also declared his intentions to seek the office.

Cousino said he was running when he stopped to congratulate Bibb County sheriff's candidate David Davis on his Democratic Primary win.

Writers Jim Gaines and Liz Fabian contributed to this report. To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.