On March 6, 2008 , former Bibb County Commissioner Sam Hart announced his bid for Chairman of the Commission seat in this yearís general primary on July 15, 2008 . If elected, Hart will become the first African American to hold that position.
In March of 2007, Hart resigned
from his seat after serving more than ten years with the
Bibb County Commission when he moved out of District 1 and into District 3. He had served as the Vice Chairman for 10 years, as Chairman of the Human Resources Committee for 4 years, and as Chairman of Finances, Tax, Revenue, and Risk Management for 6 years.
As a Democrat, Hartís run for Commission Chairman will pit him against the winner of the Republican primary. Former Macon City Councilman Theron Ussery (Republican) has already announced his intention to run and it is expected that current Chairman Charlie Bishop will also seek the seat.
If elected, Hart would like to
work closely with other elected officials in the city
and would like to address the following issues:
- Strong economic development for the area
- Strong public safety
- Strong educational programs
- Reasonable taxes
- Adequate roads & transportation and
- Planned Capital Expenditure
"These are big challenges, but we have the
opportunity in November to put together a team to meet
these challenges," said Hart during a recent press
conference. "I want to be your chairman to help
facilitate this effort in a team-like manner. I
will be a problem solver who listens, involves others,
and I will work tirelessly without consideration for who
gets the credit."
He would also like to bring back the traditional town
hall meeting so that the citizens of Macon can voice
their opinions on the issues that most affect them and
what elected officials can do to make positive change in