A group of about 15 community leaders, elected officials and members of the Reichert campaign gathered at Rosa Parks Square on Thursday morning to endorse Robert Reichert for Macon-Bibb mayor.
Mayor Reichert will face C. Jack Ellis in a runoff election on October 15.
"On election night, I admit I was disappointed in missing an outright victory by such a small margin," Reichert said. "After reflection, I realized we can use this 4-week runoff campaign to build a stronger community."
Other community leaders spoke, as well.
"He's done what he said he would do," Representative Nikki Randall said. "I'm so proud that I stood with him then. I'm so proud that I'm standing with him now."
Commissioner Joe Allen, who also ran for the mayor seat, says he supports Reichert 100 percent.
"I'm proud to support him," Allen said. "I hope everyone that has supported me over the years will understand that all I want is goodness for this community. [Reichert] is the quarterback, and he can take us to the Superbowl and where we need to be."
Those who endorsed Reichert on Thursday morning include Tony Lowden, Theresa Hoover, Bishop Ray, Bob Fickling, Darren Latch, Horace Holmes, Jerome Collins, John and Pearlie Toliver, Mallory Jones, Tim Jones, Horace Holmes, Tom Wagoner, Senator Paris, Commissioner Joe Allen, Councilwoman Lauren Benedict, Councilwoman Beverly Olson, Councilman Rabbi Larry Schlesinger, Rep. Allen Peake, Rep. Bubba Epps, Rep. Andy Watson, Rep. Robert Dickey, Rep. Nikki Randall, and Senator Cecil Staton.