Former Bibb County Commissioner Lonzy Edwards made a formal announcement via e-mail to local news media that he plans to run for Macon-Bibb County mayor. The current mayor and incumbent, Robert Reichert, had also declared that he was running for another term–an unprecedented fourth term. Qualifying for the May 24 election is a week-long event which begins Monday, March 7.
Edwards, 66, had represented East Macon’s District 1 prior to consolidation in Macon and Bibb County for seven years (2007-2014). During his service on the former Bibb County Board of Commissioners, Edwards chaired the Engineering, Tobesofkee, Risk Management and Public Safety, Human Resources, Animal Welfare, and Finance Committees. Edwards had been advocate in regard to county government ‘living within its means’ — and never voted to raise property taxes.
Edwards had mentioned that one of his proudest moments as Commissioner is “the Commission’s role in preparing Robins Air Force Base for the next round of BRAC by solving the encroachment problem in South Bibb County which was in my district and helping bring good paying jobs to this community”.
Edwards has still remained busy since leaving the Bibb County Commission. Edwards, a local attorney, had represented some of the senior citizens in regard to their dispute with the proposed site of the senior citizens center. A petition was presented to commissioners that had 1800 signatures which opposed the Bloomfield site back in February 2015.
“They’re not being heard. They’re not being listened to. They’ve been petitioning, they’ve been asking to be part of the process and that’s simply been ignored,” Edwards told 13WMAZ. “We want justice for seniors, people who are being marginalized, kicked to the curb and who are being disrespected in their best years. So I look forward to the fight.”
In October 2015, designs for the proposed Macon-Bibb Senior Citizens’ Center were revealed to the public and the former location where folks had previously applied for or renewed their driver’s license here in Macon– the old Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) building at Central City Park– is now the consensus choice for the long awaited Senior Citizens’ Center.
Edwards now wants to be Macon’s mayor, and will have to spread his message about why he should replace Robert Reichert and become the city’s second African-American mayor.
“I am a consistent supporter of economic development initiatives, downtown revitalization projects, neighborhood improvement measures, and public safety programs. Among other things, I also led the effort to locate the site for our new animal shelter and helped establish a drug/alcohol rehabilitation facility”
When he was asked why he is running for Mayor, Edwards said, “I’m running because in the last eight years our community has had too little growth; too little economic opportunity; too much hopelessness; too few good paying jobs; too much blight; too little effort to make local government work for all; and too few people who can truthfully say our community is better off now than it was when the incumbent took office”.
“Despite all of the serious problems we face”, he continued, “I still believe Macon has a future that is worth fighting for. If I am elected, I will fight everyday to make government work for all of our people — regardless of who they are or the side of town on which they live”.