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Wake Up Macon





Former Pastor/Deputy Sheriff Seeks Macon Mayor’s Seat





By Amanda Smith


Former Fulton County Deputy Sheriff Arlan Gibson has announced his candidacy for the Macon mayor’s seat.


Having been in Georgia for 20+ years, Arlan is a Sales Consultant with Vericomm Corporation and is married to Beverly Gibson and they have three children: Robyn, Brandi, and Justin.


Arlan has had extensive campaign and community experience, having worked in State Representative Randall Mangham and Dekalb County CEO Vernon Jones’ campaigns.  He has been very active in church ministries, the Overcomers Ministry (dealing with overcoming drug and alcohol addiction), and was the founder and Director of New Birth Business Association in 1998.  The mission of New Birth was to pool talent and resources for various business projects across the state of Georgia.  “One of the things that I have realized is that, in order to be successful, people must come together in unity, put aside their petty differences, and see the larger picture,” said Arlan.  “My experience working with many different types of individuals gives me the ability to be a broker who can get things done.”


Arlan has been involved in many social, political, and civic endeavors, including:


·        Powerhouse Youth Organization

·        Member, Macon Exchange Club

·        Chaplain, Macon Youth Detention Center

·        Member, Macon Chapter of the NAACP

·        Member, Father’s House, a division of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church

·        Member, Congregation Beth Yeshua


And many others.  This is why he believes he is the best candidate for the next mayor of Macon.


“It’s not about party lines; it’s about bringing solutions that will solve our current problems to the table.  I’m very glad that someone has proposed that we have nonpartisan elections.  I want Macon to be a cleaner and safer city, to provide more and better jobs, and to deliver excellent services for its citizens,” says Arlan.  “I believe that with the support of the citizens of Macon, these things can become a reality.”  Several issues that Arlan would like to address if given the opportunity to serve as Macon’s next mayor are:


·        Leadership – More effective and more efficient

·        Unity – Consolidation of the city and county

·        Crime – Crime and poorly funded law enforcement addressed

·        Education – Vocational direction in grades sixth through eighth

·        Infrastructure – Professionalism & responsibility in every office

·        Lower Taxes – Reduce redundancies; Tax dollar spending accountability

·        Law Enforcement – More support; Revamped pay scale

·        Economic Development – Revitalization, lower small business taxes


Arlan has long been involved in the community and believes that he can provide effective leadership for the future.  “I have the leadership ability to take Macon where it needs to go,” he said.  “We need a transformation of leadership; we need to take Macon to the next level and get our finances in order.  With the right people, I can make that happen.  Ineffective government has polarized our community and caused it to become stagnant.  I want to increase unity and lower taxes,” he concluded.




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