Created: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 03:52:00 EST
Updated: Tue, 23 Jul 2013 09:32:56 EST
Qualifying for the New Macon-Bibb County Consolidated government was reopened on Monday in expectation of a Sept. 17 election.
New candidates could come qualify for either mayor or one of 10 commission seats.
Twenty-eight candidates have already qualified back in April. There were asked to return to the Bibb County Board of Elections to fill out an affadavit acknowledging the change of the election date.
Al Tillman, the former president of the NAACP and creator of Unity in the Community, qualified for the District 9 commission seat. He said the seat is so important to him he moved from District 8 to District 9.
"I am excited to be able to represent the community where I grew up all of my adult life," he said.
Anthony Harris became a certified write-in candidate for mayor Monday, and said he found the new election date as a sign for him to join the race.
"Sure enough they postponed the election in July and I said, 'I'm going to jump in. It's a sign,'" he said.
Harris has made a name for himself as an activist who had protested the fatal shooting of Sammie Davis Jr. by Macon police. He went so far as to land in jail after he chanted and waved a sign in front of the stage during the opening ceremonies for the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Harris said he thinks he can win without the $3,000 pricetag attached to being listed on the ballot.
"I just don't like the idea of having to spend a lot of money just to run for office," he said. "Just because you have a lot of money doesn't mean you're doing the job right or that you are capable of doing the job."