Macon-Bibb Committee approves special election to fill commission seat

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Macon-Bibb commissioners are moving forward to hold a special election to fill the District 1 seat.

Mayor Pro Tem Al Tillman sponsored a resolution to reconsider holding the special election. In a 6-2 vote Tuesday morning, the Committee of the Whole passed the resolution.

The commission seat was vacated by Gary Bechtel, who is now running for District 141 for the Georgia House Representatives. When he left, the commission was given the option to hold a special election in May, having to pay up to $47,000.

Some commissioners didn’t think money was the issue, they were more concerned that the short time period would complicate the election.

“We were concerned that, first of all, there wasn’t enough time to prepare adequately for another election,” said Commissioner Elaine Lucas.

After hearing concerns from several District 1 residents, like Valerie Wynn, commissioners reconsidered their vote last week.

“There were several of us that spoke at the meeting last week and lo and behold the commission, listened and they spoke among themselves and decided to come back and revisit that issue,” said Wynn.

One resident even threatened to sue the county if a special election is not held this May.

Wynn is happy the commission decided to move forward and is waiting for a final vote, so she can have a shot at the commission seat.

“Valerie Wynn is running for District 1 to replace that vacated seat,” said Wynn. “I love Macon, I was born and raised here. And I want to see our city grow.”

The final vote is next Tuesday.

Categories: Bibb County, Elections, Local News

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