Middle Georgia political candidates meet, greet, and eat at luncheon for Leadership Macon

Political candidates met with voters and those who aren't sure who they're voting for yet for a meet and greet.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Dozens of residents in middle Georgia had the chance to rub elbows and meet several political candidates Tuesday morning.

They had the opportunity to talk about some of their concerns as well as hear candidates' views on what they want to bring to the table.

What better way to meet an elected official than over a plate of ribs?

That's what members of Leadership Macon had a chance to do Tuesday afternoon...as a sort of political who's who stopped at the Smoke N' Pig to meet, greet, and eat...with supporters, and those who aren't sure who they're voting for yet. 

"The opportunity to meet a lot of the different candidates is good for leaders in our community," State Representative Allen Peake said. 

Peake was just one of the countless recognizable faces in the crowd. 

He says opportunities like this are all about transparency...letting voters know they have access to who represents them. 

"You want to be able to feel like you've got access to your elected officials, that's important. My number is in the phone book. People can reach me everyday. You can reach me on Facebook or on my website, and that's important. People need to feel like if they've got an issue that they can call you and talk to you about it," Peake said. 

"We felt that it was important that our alumni to have an opportunity to meet them and to get to know the candidates," Jonathan Pitts, the president of the Leadership Macon Advisory Board. 

Even the State Speaker of the House, David Ralston dropped in, voicing his support for his peers. 

He thinks right now getting more people back to work in the state is a top priority.

"We're working on a real focus on jobs creation. We're going to continue to keep that focus in the house on creating jobs in every part of this state," Ralston said. 

And having the support of voters, especially from right here in middle Georgia, will make that process go a little easier.

Early voting is going on until May 16th. 

Elections are on May 20th. 
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