Being "the first" in politics holds significance.
That's a title all of the members of the newly consolidated Macon-Bibb County commission will hold.
But for one of its members, being "the first" goes a little deeper.
In its 191 year history, a woman has never been elected to the Bibb County commission.
Elaine Lucas will be the first.
She will also be the only woman on the new commission that includes eight men and the mayor.
"Isn't that interesting," Lucas said in a telephone interview late Tuesday. "It's unfortunate that I'm the only one because there were some very qualified [women] running. I'm honored and I'm flattered."
Lucas said being the only woman on the commission puts her in a special position.
"Women bring a special touch," she said. "I'm a mother, grandmother, an educator, and I have experience as an elected official. All of those will help me."
During her years as a Macon City Council member, Lucas has always served with other women.
Being the only one on the new commission will not change how she governs, she said.
"I was elected to represent District 3," she said. "I have one vote just like anyone else. My experience will allow me to hit the ground running."