MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Tonight, the League of Women Voters in Macon hosted a forum for local election candidates for them to explain their platforms to voters.
The discussion was held tonight at Macon City Hall. Panelists grilled county commission, state senate, state house, and sheriff candidates on issues like consolidation, budgeting and crime prevention.
41NBC's own Andrew Reeser wsa one of the panelists questioning candidates for Bibb County Commission and Bibb County Sheriff.
We spoke with two Republicans vying for the commission district 3 seat, Mallory Jones and Edward Bond, and asked them why they think they're the most qualified for the job.
"I think because of my experience," says Bond. "I mean, coming to Macon 40 years ago, serving on city council, being on a dozen different committees over the period of time, and being very active in the community. I have more experience than anybody else that's running."
"We've got to grow the population," says Jones. "Crime is a problem. I'm encouraging judges to use the banishment rule. I'm convinced--I don't have the stats yet, but I'm convinced we have more than 50 career criminals. They've been convicted of between five and 50 felonies in the last few years."
Gary Bechtel, the third candidate for the commission district 3 seat, was not in attendance at the panel discussion tonight.
Election day is July 31st, and the last day to register is July 2nd.