In the final stretch of the Macon-Bibb mayoral race, candidates were out and about Sunday trying to capture every vote possible.
Whether waving from a street corner, canvassing a neighborhood or out at restaurants, most candidates said they planned to remain highly visible in the final hours of the campaign.
The election of the consolidated government’s first leaders is Tuesday.
“I’m campaigning right now,” said former Bibb County Commission Chairman Charlie Bishop when reached by cell phone. “I’m at Jeneane’s (at Pinebrook) on Forsyth talking to people.”
In addition to getting out and meeting as many people as possible during the waning hours of the campaign, Bishop also said he’s rearranging election signs and continuing to take advantage of social media through his Facebook election page.
“I’m just continuing to campaign wide open,” he said. “It’s a grass-roots campaign.”
C. Jack Ellis
“Just moving about around so I can be around people,” C. Jack Ellis, a two-term Macon mayor, said of his final campaign plans. He was on a respite at home Sunday afternoon after visiting different churches.
Ellis said he planned to hit the campaign trail again Sunday night down at the river near the Otis Redding statue and then possibly canvass a few neighborhoods afterward.
“We’re busy,” Ellis said. “We’re going to be all over tomorrow (Monday). I plan to be at bus stops, on corners ... waving off Ga. 247 and various locations. My campaign is live, and I’ll be all over.”
Incumbent Mayor Robert Reichert said he visited a different church than his home church Sunday morning, so he could worship and also stay visible in the community.
His Sunday plans also included an afternoon picnic with the Bibb County medical community..
“Tomorrow is a work day,” Reichert said Sunday afternoon. “But we’ll continue to try to keep the campaign office open and volunteers working to call people and we’ll be participating.
“Tuesday, of course, we’ll go vote at some point -- probably early in morning,” said Reichert, who plans to be back and forth between his office and the election headquarters.
“We’re just getting out and being seen,” he said.
David Cousino was out Sunday at Lake Tobesofkee with his church for an annual picnic.
Cousino, who’s previously run for mayor, said he expected to be meeting and greeting as many folks as possible in the final hours of the campaign. He took Monday and Tuesday off from work.
Cousino said he expects to canvass as much of the city and county as possible Monday from south Macon to Lizella to north Macon.
“I’ll be out and about,” he said. “I’ll probably try to hit all of it.”
Political newcomer and write-in candidate Anthony Harris said he took the weekend off and spent time with his family.
“I’ll get back on the campaign Monday,” Harrris said. “I’ll be hitting the streets, holding up my signs at different intersections, talking to people, making calls ... and passing out literature.”
“I’m knocking on doors and talking to people,” Bibb County Commissioner Joe Allen said.
Allen said he expects to continue his door-to-door campaign Monday. He said he’ll be at the Bibb County Board of Commissioners’ committee meetings Tuesday morning and afternoon and then the full board meeting that night. He expects to spend the remainder of the evening with his family.
Bibb County Commission Chairman Sam Hart spend the first part of Sunday at church and among friends and then out at various eating establishments.
“I’m shaking a bunch of hands and talking with people,” Hart said.
Hart said he plans to do the same Monday as well as some waving from street corners. He expects to be at the polls extra early Tuesday before the meeting of Bibb County Board of Commissioners.
Each candidate encouraged voters to head to the polls.
To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.