Macon-Bibb Board of Elections votes to add District 1 race to May Election

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Macon-Bibb Board of Elections is adding the District 1 race to the May Election.

The election is May 22nd.

In a 4 to 1 vote, during a special called meeting, the board decided to add the race to the ballot after hearing from residents and local leaders.

“I want to make it very clear that the lawsuit had nothing to do with why we’re changing our mind,” said Mike Kaplan during the board meeting Friday morning.

On Monday, district 1 resident, Daryl Morton, filed a lawsuit against the board and county commission after they decided not to hold the special election.

“If there was going to be a court fight, then certainly the amount of money that we’re trying to save would be eaten up in the court process and therefore it wouldn’t accomplish what we’re trying to accomplish,” said Bibb County Board of Elections Vice-chairman, Henry Ficklin.

Although he voted for the election Friday morning, Ficklin is still against holding the election because of the county’s financial struggles.

“We don’t have the peace because we still are concerned about the budget and the financial responsibilities, that even though we are not elected officials, we are appointed officials, but we still have some sense of financial responsibility,” said Ficklin.

Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Joe Allen, says money shouldn’t have been a deciding factor in all of this.

“We have the money, said Allen. “I keep telling everybody we’re broke. We are continuously having money issues, but it’s not like we can close up shop right now.”

Aside from money issues, the election is happening.

“It’s been a roller coaster for this,” said Valerie Wynn. “You know, back and forth with the commission and the board of elections, so I’m glad that decision has been made and from what I understand it’s final.”

Wynn is ready to run for the commission seat and represent her district.

“It’s important to have a person at that table and a voice and a vote, and I want to be that for them,” said Wynn.

When Gary Bechtel qualified to run for state representative, it left District 1 without a commissioner.

Qualifying for the seat starts next Tuesday at 9 a.m. and will end Thursday at noon.

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