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Ellington To Run For ReElection To Macon City Council In Upcoming Primary

Macon City Councilman Tom Ellington has announced that he is running for reelection to his Ward III Post 3 seat on the Council. 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.

Ellington teaches political science at Wesleyan College, where he is associate professor and chair of the Department of History and Political Science. He received his Ph.D. in government and politics from the University of Maryland in 2004. He also holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Alabama. His research focuses on the importance of open government to democracy. He wrote "Secrecy and Disclosure: Policies and Consequences in the American Experience," which was recently published in Government Secrecy (Emerald, 2011).

In 2007, Ellington was elected to his current position on the Macon City Council, where he serves as vice chairman of the Appropriations Committee. He is active in the Macon community, regularly attending neighborhood watch meetings and community cleanups. He serves as Vice Chairman of the Living Waters Recovery Home for Women (Board of Directors) and is also on the boards of the Macon-Bibb County Land Bank Authority and the Pleasant Hill Youth Activities Task Force.

Ellington previously worked as a journalist at publications such as the Alabama Journal (a newspaper in Montgomery, Ala., that has since ceased to publish), the News-Times in Danbury, Conn., and most recently the Washington Times.

"We can restore downtown, but it won't last unless we lift up our neighborhoods, too -- Pleasant Hill, Tindall Heights, Houston Avenue and so many others," said Ellington. "And our community cannot prosper if we abandon its historic core. The tasks ahead are daunting but not insurmountable, especially if we work together."

“There are some success stories to tell:

- Beall's Hill is a growing, dynamic neighborhood in an area that was once characterized by blight.

- Lynmore Estates is improving, thanks to work being done by Habitat for Humanity and the determination of the residents there.

- Right now, we are seeing a neighborhood transformed, as at the old site of Macon Homes blight is being replaced by high-quality affordable housing. And the adjoining Bartlett Crossing neighborhood is being transformed -- thanks in large part to the tireless efforts of Rev. Ronald Toney. I have supported the project at Macon Homes -- not because it is in my ward, but because it needed to be done, and because we had an opportunity we could not afford to miss.

- The College Hill Alliance is doing great things to bring prosperity to the corridor, and I have been a steadfast supporter of its work.

"What these success stories have in common is partnerships -- people pulling together to get things done."


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