Cranford To Run For ReElection To Macon City Council
by Amanda Smith
Macon attorney Mike Cranford has announced his intention to run for reelection to his Macon City Council, Ward II Post 2 seat. The primary election will be held on July 19, 2011 and June 10th was the last day to qualify to run for Macon City Council in the upcoming election.
Cranford received his Associate Degree in Science from Macon State College; a Bachelor of Arts from Mercer University, and his Law Degree from Woodrow Wilson Law School. In 1994, Cranford was honored with the Hugh Q. Wallace Award for his tireless defense of indigent clients and has served on the Bibb County Drug Court since its beginnings in 1994. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Macon Bar Association, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, a life member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Macon Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (of which he served four terms as President and is now the Executive Director). Cranford is a trial attorney practicing primarily in the areas of criminal defense, DUI defense, personal injury and medical malpractice.
In 1994, Cranford was the recipient of the Hugh Q. Wallace Award in recognition for his distinguished service in the criminal defense of indigent clients and has served on the Bibb County Drug Court Committee since its inception 1994. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, and was recently reelected Section Chair for the Criminal Law Section; Macon Bar Association, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Middle Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and a Life member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where he has served as vice President, Parliamentarian, Secretary and as President for 2007. He is also a member of the Macon Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where he served four terms as President and currently serves as Executive Director.
Cranford currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Museum of Arts and Sciences, and the Fort Hawkins Commission. He is the current President to the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Children's Museum and has been an active Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader for over 12 years. He has served on PTA boards for both Central High School and Alexander II Magnet School. During the past 40 years Mike has served on numerous boards and committees for a diverse number of organizations and charities throughout the Middle Georgia Area and has worked with the youth of the Macon community through sports, education, recreation and scouting.
"Since returning to City Council in 2005, I am proud to say that I have represented my constituents very well by being in a position to put $6.5 million in reserve and we now have a $4 million fund balance. We had nothing in reserve when I returned and this has been in just four short years," said Cranford. "We have also bought 30 police cars a year with new radios, cameras and firearms and bought new equipment for the Fire Department and for both Parks and Recreation and Public Works. We have lowered taxes and saved the city millions of dollars. My contribution has been to help run the budget process efficiently."
Cranford was first elected to Macon City Council in 1995 and served in a citywide seat until 1999. He was reelected in 2005 and is currently serving in the Ward II Post 2 seat. Cranford is the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and Vice Chair of the Public Properties Committee.
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