MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Elmo Richardson is stepping down from his run as the Bibb County Commissioner for District 3, and he wants to see Gary Bechtel follow in his footsteps.
Richardson formally endorsed Bechtel today at the Bibb County Courthouse. He says whoever takes on the District 3 seat will face a lot of big challenges including monitoring the SPLOST and implementing the new service delivery strategy.
He believes Bechtel has the financial background to responsibly handle these, and other budget hurdles. Richardson says, if consolidation passes he's confident Bechtel will make that transition a smooth one.
"I highly endorse Gary to succeed me, to be re-elected to serve as the District 3 Commissioner," says Richardson.
Bechtel says he is honored to have the support of such a long-time and active community member.
"I think the people of District 3 have been well represented by Elmo Richardson, and I am proud to have his endorsement," says Bechtel.
Bechtel is finishing up his 12th year serving on the Bibb County Board of Education. He cannot run again because of term limits. He faces opposition in District from Ed Bond and Mallory Jones.