State House Democrats: Bibb delegation has failed
ATLANTA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Macon-Bibb’s two democratic state representatives claim the republicans in the delegation are stopping their efforts to move the county forward.
State Representatives James Beverly and Nikki Randall said the republicans of the Bibb County Delegation to the Georgia House are teaming up against them. Beverly and Randall want to change three parts of the Macon-Bibb consolidated government, but said the republicans won’t get on board and it’s causing a stalemate.
“This isn’t Peake County. It’s Bibb County,” said Beverly.
Beverly was angry as he talked about the delegation.
“Representative Peake is the strongest opposition to what we’re doing and he makes no bones about it. I think that Representative Epps and Representative Dickey, unfortunately, sort of go along with it,” explained Beverly.
Beverly and Randall feel the republican majority of the delegation is refusing to make changes to the Macon-Bibb County consolidated government because they want to “stick together.”
“We said that this is not a silver bullet and we will work as a delegation and continue to come back to the table and tweak this and we have not,” said Randall referring to the first time the delegation presented the consolidation charter to the public a few years ago.
Beverly and Randall want to change the county’s election day, the way the commission districts are drawn and the way county department heads are appointed and removed from office.
“I’ve actually gotten more response from folks in my district, in particular, saying do not make this change to the mayor’s authority. It has been overwhelming support of not to make that change,” said State Representative Allen Peake.
Peake said the success of the consolidated government doesn’t make him believe there’s a need for change.
“If there is anything that is of imperative nature that needs to be addressed right away and is essential to the functioning of the local government, we’ll address it. I [haven’t] seen where there’s that urgency,” explained Peake.
Peake added he appreciated Beverly and Randall’s input, but sometimes there are differences of opinion.
“We may differ on issues and that’s health. Doesn’t mean we’re not friendly, not respectful to each other,” said Peake.
Without one of the Republicans signing on to Beverly’s bills, they won’t pass this session.