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The Candidates for Macon-Bibb County Commission District 6

Commissioner Raymond  Wilder is seeking re-election to District 6 and facing opposition from George Thomas, who is with NewTown Macon. District 6 roughly covers Lizella and runs to Lamar Road and I-475.

The Murphy Center for Collaborative Journalism and its partners the Georgia Trust for Local News, GPB and 13WMAZ contacted the candidates to share their platforms and reasons for seeking elected office. Below is an edited version of what we received. 

George Thomas

George Thomas, candidate for Macon-Bibb County Commission District 6. (Provided)

George Thomas, 32, is running for Commissioner of District 6 in Macon-Bibb County. He currently works as the office and leasing manager of NewTown Macon.

Thomas grew up in Macon and got his degrees from Valdosta State University and Savannah State University. 

He is the chair of the ESPLOST Committee, Design Review Planning and Zoning Board, Macon-Bibb Citizen’s Advocacy Board, Heritage Elementary School Council, Arbor Conservation Board, and he is a member of the 110 Black Men of Macon Middle Georgia, a Bloomfield-Gilead Rec Center Advisory Board member, and Parliamentarian of the Middle Georgie Football Officials Association.

Q: Why are you running for office?

A: I am running for office because I am deeply committed to making a positive difference in our community. Macon holds a special place in my heart, not just for myself but for my family and for all the families of Macon. It is a place I love dearly, and I believe that utilizing my talents to contribute to its betterment is both a responsibility and an honor. I envision a better Macon, one that reflects the shared aspirations and dreams of its residents. To not actively use my skills and passion to help shape this future would be a disservice to the community I hold so dear. I am dedicated to the well-being and progress of Macon, and I am excited about the opportunity to continue making a positive impact.

Q: What are your plans and ideas for improving Macon/Bibb if elected?

A: If elected, my commitment is to ensure that our government remains accountable to the residents of our district. We have valuable resources at our disposal, and it’s crucial that they are effectively utilized for the benefit of our community. Specifically, I advocate for signage improvements at Lake Tobesofkee, enhancing the overall experience for residents and visitors alike. Additionally, I recognize the potential in underutilized resources, such as the West Bibb Sheriff Station, and I aim to explore innovative ways to make the most of these assets. By fostering transparency, accountability, and strategic utilization of resources, we can work together to build a stronger and more vibrant community for all.

 

Raymond Wilder

Macon-Bibb Commissioner Raymond Wilder (Provided)

Raymond Wilder, 63, is a lifelong Macon resident, and also serves on the Bibb County Fire & Police Pension Board and the Bibb County Division A Pension Board. He is a member of Lizella Baptist Church.

Q: Why are you running for office?

A. I love Macon-Bibb. I have lived in District 6/Lizella, Ga/West Bibb for 36 years and love it. I want to continue on the course we are headed with the current administration, mayor and Commissioners.

Q: What are your plans and ideas for improving Macon/Bibb if re-elected?

A. Continue to work toward improving public safety — law enforcement and fire department. Get more roads paved. Combat litter.

 

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