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Meet Macon’s Mayoral Candidates



By Amanda Smith




Now that Macon Mayor C. Jack Ellis’ term is almost over and the mayoral election on July 17, 2007 approaching, it seems everyone wants the top seat in the city.  With a list of five Democrats and two Republicans running, it’s anybody’s guess.

On the Democratic ticket, you have Anita Ponder, Robert Reichert, Lance Randall, Thelma Dillard, and Henry Ficklin.  Republican contenders include Arlan Gibson and David Cousino.

Former Macon City Council President Anita Ponder announced her candidacy on Valentine’s Day this year. As the first African American female judge in her hometown of Fort Valley, Georgia, Anita is also the first female to serve as Macon City Council President (having served in that capacity for the past 8 years) and is currently the Director of Education at the Tubman African American Museum.

Successful practicing attorney Robert Reichert received his Juris Doctorate from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law.  While at Mercer, Robert interned with Senator Sam Nunn in his legislative section.  After college, he joined the firm of Anderson, Walker & Reichert and became a partner in 1985.  He has been practicing civil litigation for the past 20 years.

Lance Randall is the son of Bibb County Magistrate Judge William Randall and grandson of the late civil rights leader and first black Bibb County Commissioner William “Daddy Bill” Randall.  Lance’s sister, Nikki Randall is a Georgia state representative.  A full-time musician for Macedonia Baptist Church, Lance is also a business consultant.

Long-time educator for the Bibb County School System, Thelma Dillard also served on the Macon City Council from 1979-1999.  Her brother, Bert Bivins is a Bibb County Commissioner.  Thelma is currently working on her Doctorate’s degree.

Henry Ficklin has been a Social Studies teacher at Southwest High School in Macon for many years.  He 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 Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, the most powerful position on the Macon City Council.

Republican Arlan Gibson is a former Fulton County Deputy Sheriff and is currently a Sales Consultant with Vericomm Corporation.  Arlan has worked in State Representative Randall Mangham and Dekalb County Vernon Jones’ campaigns and is the founder and Director of the New Birth Business Association.

Gibson’s opponent on the Republican ticket is David Cousino.  David is the Manager of Flexible Security, a home security systems company.  With a degree in Business Marketing from the Columbus Business University in Columbus, Ohio, David is a Michigan native who has been in Macon since 1986.  He is a member of Citizens On Patrol (COP), is single, and will be a granddad for the first time in August.



Latest to add her name to the list of candidates is Macon attorney Veronica Brinson.  A 1999 graduate of the Mercer University School of Law and a newcomer to politics, Veronica resigned her seat as a Macon Municipal Court judge and will need to get 2,038 registered voters' signatures by July 10th if she hopes to get on the ballot.  Confident that she will get what she needs, Veronica will avoid the July 17th primaries and run as an Independent in the November election.





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