Qualifying begins in Macon-Bibb for May elections

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Qualifying for Macon-Bibb County elected positions began Monday.

Forward together is the slogan of Macon-Bibb County.

“We are making great progress in consolidating the government as well as unifying the community,” said Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert.

Reichert and Bibb Sheriff David Davis are both seeking re-election.

“I think we’ve done some great things over the last four years. We’ve also shown results and we’ve shown progress,” said Sheriff Davis.

You can find the county’s slogan on its seal and in the campaigns of those who qualified for May elections Monday.

“Going forward, we want to continue to make sure this blight money is spent properly,” said Commissioner Al Tillman who is seeking re-election to his District 9 seat.

Some are looking for a new position.

“In Lizella, there’s at least a million dollars in blight money that hasn’t been spoken for. It’s there. There [are] no projects that have been presented from the current commissioner,” said Don Druitt, Macon-Bibb’s former EMA Director who is looking to replace Ed DeFore as the District 6 commissioner.

Former Bibb County Commissioner Joe Allen is running for the same position.

“I want to accomplish somethings that the old administration has failed to do. They’ve failed to work on the roads in the district, put lights up that the whole commission had authorized,” explained Allen.

The Vice President of the Bibb County Board of Education also wants to keep his seat.

“One of the things I want to see is to make sure that [the] symbiotic relationship between charter schools and the public schools continues to occur,” said Jason Downey.

Bibb Coroner Leon Jones knows his strengths when it comes to re-election.

“My involvement in this community is year round, not just on election year,” explained Jones.

Reichert and Davis addresses the crime rates in the county after their qualified.

“How do you prevent crime? Well, you have jobs and things that people can do to earn money,” answered Reichert.

Davis knows the homicide rate went up this year, but he’s confident in his department’s ability to solve these crimes.

“Since I’ve been sheriff, there’s been a 90 percent clearance rate of homicides in our community and that’s well above the national average,” noted Davis.

Qualified candidates are listed below:

Mayor:

  1. Robert Reichert
  2. Lonzy Edwards

Commission: 

  1. Gary Bechtel, District 1
  2. Larry Schlesinger, District 2
  3. Elaine Lucas, District 3
  4. Mallory Jones III, District 4
  5. Bert Bivins III, District 5
  6. Donald Druitt, District 6
  7. Joe Allen, District 6
  8. Ed DeFore, District 6
  9. Scotty Shepherd, District 7
  10. Al Tillman, District 9

Sheriff:

  1. David Davis
  2. Tim Rivers

Board of Education:

  1. Ella Carter, District 1
  2. Dr. Thelma Dillard, District 2
  3. Susan Sipe, District 3
  4. Lester Miller, District 4
  5. Sundra Woodford, District 5
  6. Jason Downey, District 6

State Court Solicitor:

  1. Rebecca Grist

Probate Court Judge:

  1. Sarah Harris

Clerk of Superior Court:

  1. Erica Woodford

Water Authority:

  1. Javors Lucas, District 2
  2. Dwight Jones, District 3

Tax Commissioner:

  1. Wade McCord

Coroner:

  1. Leon Jones

Qualifying ends Friday at noon. Election Day in Macon-Bibb County is May 24.

Check back with 41NBC later in the day for more updates.

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