Tillman: Non-Partisan Election Proposal a Betrayal

11:02 AM, Nov 28, 2012   |    comments
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The proposal to have non-partisan elections for the new Macon-Bibb consolidated government doesn't sit well with some who supported the consolidation referendum.

During the taping of this week's Close-Up program, community activist Al Tillman discussed non-partisan elections, President Obama's re-election and differences between Democrats and Republicans. 

Tillman says non-partisan elections were taken out of the consolidation bill to get voter approval. 

To put it back in after the vote, he says, may make some consolidation supporters feel betrayed.

"So it's sort of like switch-and-bait that now that we have consolidation. You have some folks that have come back and say now that we need to add non-partisan elections. That's not the way you do things. That sends, to me, a wrong message."

Tillman first made his objections known in an email shared with the media and addressed to various community members and elected officials. 

In his email, he wrote: "I will not sit by quietly and allow myself, the community, or other unofficial coalition members to be used, or mislead. I would support putting it on the ballot for a vote. Many of us have taken unwarranted heat and negative attacks for supporting Mayor Reichert and consolidation. I assure you Al Tillman and others will not be silent if this bill is introduced."

Close-Up airs in its entirety at noon Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday on 13WMAZ-TV.

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