Don't expect any one-on-one debates between the two candidates to become the first mayor of Macon-Bibb County.
A spokesman for Mayor Robert Reichert says he won't debate former Mayor C. Jack Ellis, but Ellis told 13WMAZ late Thursday night he will debate an empty chair if he has to.
The two men meet in an Oct. 15 runoff.
Reichert spokesman Daniel Hellweg said Reichert and Ellis have already met in several forums before the Sept. 17 county election.
He says the two men may appear together again in candidate forums, but not in a face-to-face debate.
For the past week, 13WMAZ's Randall Savage has been negotiating a potential debate between the two finalists.
Ellis has already agreed to an Oct. 1 debate in the studios of 13WMAZ.
Earlier this week, Hellweg tentatively agreed to the event, on the mayor's behalf, but said he needed to check with Reichert.
Thursday afternoon, he told Savage that Reichert won't take part in that debate or in any debates with Ellis.
He said the Reichert campaign would email 13WMAZ a statement explaining why.
Reichert drew nearly 7,000 votes more than Ellis on Sept. 17 and came about 150 votes short of avoiding a runoff. He beat Ellis in an August 2011 runoff to win a second term.
Ellis also served two terms in the mayor's office, from 1999 to 2007.