It's the final countdown in the run-off race for Macon mayor. With less than 24 hours before the polls open, Mayor Robert Reichert and C. Jack Ellis talk jobs, crime, and consolidation.
"You have to work with the private sector to bring industry here, but internally you have to work with small businesses," says Ellis.
Mayor Reichert believes Macon's business boom begins with big industries.
"Development partners, like Georgia Power and Oglethorpe Power, that work together to bring prospects to the city and state, and provide them with incentives to hopefully convince them to locate in our community."
Ellis says more jobs means less offenders.
"When we get people out of poverty we know statistically that people who are working are less likely to commit crimes."
For Mayor Reichert, fighting the war on crime involves the police, citizens, and Macon's youth.
"The bigger part of this is to try to influence young people."
They may approach the city's problems differently, but both candidates agree that consolidation is the right move for Macon.
"I think it's a benefit, not a harm, and I will work hard to support it," says Ellis.
"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that sending two trucks down the street is inefficient," says Reichert.
When voters are at the polls tomorrow, the candidates want them to remember why they're the right choice for the job.
"I'm a better leader. I have a better vision, and my record of accomplishment is far superior to the current mayor," says Ellis.
"I think I am the best candidate to pull the community together going forward," says Reichert.
The NAACP held a debate at Macon City Hall tonight for state senate and Macon mayoral candidates, but two of the candidates did not show up.
The group gave runoff hopefuls the opportunity to ask their opponents questions on important issues, but Macon Mayoral candidate C. Jack Ellis and State Senate challenger Miriam Paris never came.
Lucas had strong words for Paris for not coming to the debate.
"We all have to understand that the lady knows nothing," Lucas said of Paris. "[She] cannot answer the questions and cannot tell you what she's going to do. We need somebody to go to Atlanta to represent Macon, Georgia."
Miriam Paris told 41NBC yesterday that she would not be attending the forum today because she wasn't told about it until the last minute. And tonight, debate organizers told us C. Jack Ellis also didn't come because of scheduling conflicts.