Candidates for new Bibb government make early preparations
At least one candidate for Macon-Bibb County's newly consolidated government commission says they have sent out thousands of letters soliciting support in the upcoming election.
Even though election dates have yet to be set, many candidates are getting a head start in the unknown political landscape.
"Won't be long until it will be time to start," said Robert Abbot, who recently threw his hat in the ring after failing to secure a seat on the Bibb County Commission last year.
The exact procedures regarding new non-partisan elections have yet to be created, and candidates are still exploring new district maps, but current Macon City Council Member and upcoming commission candidate Larry Schlesinger says campaign financing is already coming in.
"I'm just going to be ready for anything and anybody," Schlesinger says.
Schlesinger says all candidates have to start from scratch when raising money for the upcoming election. He says candidates have to make quarterly disclosures, so exactly how many people have filed paperwork with the state won't be available until the end of March. Nonetheless he's getting word out now.
"The more time you have, the better you can do the job, and reach the voters," Schlesinger said.
Abbott is taking a different approach. While still raising money, he wants begin heavy campaigning later in the process, when he knows more about his finances and competition.
"To get the best bang for your buck you want to stay fresh and stay energized and so I usually wait, or I'm going to wait this year until a little bit later to start the vigorous campaigning," Abbot said.