Ellis and Reichert Prepare for Mayoral Runoff

6:37 AM, Sep 19, 2013   |    comments
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It's the fourth time in two years that C. Jack Ellis and Robert Reichert have had to face off in a campaign.

Reichert led the board Tuesday night with 49 percent of the votes. Ellis came in second with 30 percent.

Reichert prevailed in the 2011 mayor's race, but Ellis says he knows how to gain the edge this time.

He told 13WMAZ's Randall Savage, "Of course, we're not going to tell everybody how we're going to do that, but our goal is to improve it. If you recall, Randall, in 2011 when I ran, we came in with 34% of the vote and in the runoff we had 49% of the vote. We had a tremendous increase."

Ellis says he and his supporters are already planning how to rally more voters.

"Lizella and sub-south," says Ellis. "That's where we have to go, that's where we're going to win. We understand the republican stronghold in north Macon. We know we're not going to make any hay there, so we're not going to spend our time. We're not going to spend our efforts."

Reichert's plan is to recruit the other mayoral candidates to join his team.

Joe Allen already agreed to support Reichert. Charlie Bishop says he refuses to endorse either candidate because they're both too liberal. David Cousino says he's not ready to choose sides, and current Bibb Chair Sam Hart could not be reached for comment.

"We're going to use the next four weeks to try to build a stronger coalition of people that can move the community ahead. We're going to take this as an opportunity to try to bring the community together," says Reichert.

He also says he hopes Tuesday's commission race results will convince more voters to head to the polls in October.

"It begins to dispel some people's fear and apprehension about this being some evil machiavellian plot to disenfranchise folks," explains Reichert.

The winner will become the first mayor of the new Macon-Bibb consolidated government and will take office January 1st.

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