On Tuesday, October 1, C. Jack Ellis met with constituents and supporters at the Overtyme Bar and Grill at 3445 Pio Nono Ave.
This campaign event in Macon was an effort to meet people and allow an opportunity for local voters to ask questions on issues ranging from anti-poverty efforts to consolidation.
Ellis had been against HR-1171 -- the Republican sponsored consolidation bill-- but after its passage in a July 2012 referendum, the former two-term mayor wants to improve consolidation so it benefits all the people of Macon-Bibb.
On September 17, Ellis was able to force a runoff between himself and current mayor Robert Reichert.
Reichert, the conservative Democrat who has received the majority of his support from precincts that supported Republican Governor Nathan Deal and last year's presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has refused to have a televised debate with Ellis.
"I regret the delay in responding, but we have been running a busy schedule between the campaign and mayor's office obligations. I told my campaign manager that we did not consider a debate with Jack Ellis to be either productive or necessary. We have spent more than 20 hours in forums and debates with Mr. Ellis this year alone, feel there is nothing to be added by additional debate. However, we are scheduled to appear with Mr. Ellis in two forums where interested parties can join us to ask specific questions they want answered."
Bibb County has approximately 93,000 registered voters. However, on September 17, less than 40,000 voters cast a ballot.
Many voters who didn't show up come from parts of Bibb County that include East Macon, Bloomfield, West Macon and Downtown.
Ellis hopes to have a presidential-type of turnout on October 15.
There will be subsequent events every Tuesday in October and the effort is entitled Turn Up the Vote and Turn Out the Vote.
At Tuesday's event Blazin' 92.3 FM radio host Dirtdogg, Ron Jackson was present as well.