Reichert leads fundraising for Macon-Bibb mayor | Politics |


Reichert leads fundraising for Macon-Bibb mayor | Politics |

The race to become the first mayor of Macon-Bibb County’s consolidated government appears to be a blowout so far, at least in terms of campaign money.

Incumbent Macon Mayor Robert Reichert raised $165,096 by the end of June, according to the report filed with the Georgia Government Transparency & Campaign Finance Commission. He’d spent $64,979.92, leaving $100,116.08 on hand. That’s more than any of the other five candidates who qualified for the race in April, before the Bibb County Board of Elections reset the election date for Sept. 17.

“We are pleased and flattered by the level of support that we’ve been getting,” Reich­ert said. “It’s the result, we think, of a lot of hard work. But we recognize too that we have to match the money that we raise with sweat equity and putting that to good use.”

Since filing the state report, his campaign fundraising has continued “at or about that pace,” he said.

“Money alone doesn’t win a race, but it enables you to get your message out,” Reich­ert said.

Five of the candidates — Reichert, Bibb County Commissioner Joe Allen, former County Commission Chairman Charlie Bishop, businessman David Cousino and incumbent County Commission Chairman Sam Hart — have campaign finance reports posted on the state campaign finance website, as per the usual June 30 deadline for such disclosures. The exception is former Macon Mayor C. Jack Ellis.

“You wouldn’t find one there, because none was due until 15 days prior to the election,” Ellis said. He said he contacted the state campaign finance commission and has it in writing that the June 30 filing doesn’t apply to this race since the election date changed to Sept. 17. He said he doesn’t plan to disclose his campaign finances until Sept. 2, despite other candidates’ reports already made public, Ellis said.

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