On Wednesday, August 21, Macon-Bibb Commission District 2 candidate, Henry Ficklin appeared on Elaine Lucas' weekly public affairs program on Macon-Warner Robins' 100.5 FM (The Light) and talked about his three-way race and the importance of the upcoming September 17 special election.
Ficklin stated that special election is probably the most important local election in the area's history.
Ficklin's two other challengers is Paul Bronson and Larry Scheslinger.
Ficklin stated on 100.5 FM that he has been busy meeting constituents throughout his newly constructed district and has gone door-to-door and met people personally.
District 2 stretches into neighborhoods east of Gray Highway that includes streets such as Fort Hill, Maynard, Woolfolk and Hall Streets and are in the same district as North Macon neighborhoods that include River North, Woodland Drive, Briarcliff Rd, HIckory Ridge Drive and Tiffin Circle.
The more affluent North Macon neighborhood in District 2 includes a growing commercial district which features outlets such as the Northgate Village Shopping Center and Town and Country Shopping Center.
The five local precincts that encompasses District 2 are the following: Howard 4 , East Macon 4, East Macon ,Godfrey 2 and Godfrey 1
Despite legislative efforts to circumvent the Voting Rights Act, Ficklin said he stands by his record as a councilman and believes his constituents want to see integrity in their representatives.
The District 2 race will be one of the more closely watched and contested campaign races on September 17. If there is lower turnout, an October 15 runoff will decide the winner.
However, if turnout is higher on Election Day, this will likely favor the most experienced candidate.
The most experienced candidate in this District 2 race is Henry Ficklin.
Ficklin had represented Ward 3, Post 2 on Macon City Council from 1979 to 2007.
In 2010, Ficklin reclaimed his seat on Macon City Council in a special election.
Ficklin, a pastor at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Macon, has been one of the more vocal elected leaders in Macon City government and has gone on record in his opposition to HB-1171 along with non-partisan elections.
The former Southwest High School social studies teacher received his doctorate from Mercer University in 2010 and believes his experience will be an asset moving forward in this newly consolidated Macon-Bibb government slated to begin in January 2014.