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Macon City Councilman Runs For Mayor





By Amanda Smith




Long time Macon City Councilman Henry Ficklin announced recently his candidacy for the city’s top seat in the upcoming mayoral election in Macon, Georgia.


Henry received his Associates Degree in Biology as a Cum Laude graduate from Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, Texas; his Bachelors Degree in Government & Political Science from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas; and his Masters in Education from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia.  Since that time, Henry has received various diplomas in teaching, economics, and leadership from universities around the state of Georgia.


A Social Studies teacher throughout the years (most recently at Southwest High School in Macon), Henry has served on the Macon City Council since 1979, having been re-elected seven consecutive times.  For the past eight years, he has served as the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, the most powerful position on the Macon City Council.


In addition to faithfully serving the city of Macon for most of his life, Henry has also proved to be concerned and active in many governmental and civic capacities, including the following:


·        Appointed Commissioner of the Macon Water Authority in 2000

·        Director, Macon Economic Development Commission

·        Founder, James Wimberly Institute, Inc. (Black History for Youth)

·        Director, Macon Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation, Inc.

·        Member, American Civil Liberties Union

·        Director, Broadway Arts Alliance at the Douglass Theatre

·        Bibb County 2004 Administrator’s Leadership Academy

·        Has sponsored groups of inner city youth to visit the Georgia General Assembly, the Georgia Supreme Court, and the Governor’s Office each year since 1983



And many, many more.


When asked what he would like to do for the city of Macon, Henry spoke of improving the financial picture through good management of the budget and spending.  “You need a good government to rebuild a good tax base and recapture a sound economic base,” he said.  “We also need a financial reserve; it is unconscionable not to have one.  We have catastrophes just like any other area and our infrastructure has gotten old.  Without an adequate reserve, it’s like not having any insurance.  What do you do when something happens?” he asked.




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