One new candidate jumped in this morning as qualifying for the new Macon-Bibb County consolidated government reopened today.
He is Al Tillman, a longtime political activist. He's running in the District 9 commission race against Macon city council president James Timley. Tillman announced this month that he was running.
The new qualifying period is for the September 17th nonpartisan special election.
According to the board of elections website, candidates that qualified during the April qualifying period for the commission or mayor need only update their paperwork by completing a Notice of Candidacy affidavit.
Anyone else that wants to join the race can qualify through Wednesday afternoon at 5:30 at the Board of Elections office on Pio Nono.
The new qualifying period became necessary after the Dept. Of Justice failed to give pre-clearance to Bibb County.
A U.S. Supreme Court decision ended the need for pre-clearance in Georgia and several other states.