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In the days since the consolidation of Macon and Bibb County was approved by voters, some familiar faces are ready to run for mayor of the new government.

On July 31, after the consolidation vote passed, former Macon mayor C. Jack Ellis told 13WMAZ's Candace Adorka that he plans to run for mayor of the consolidated government.

Ellis said he loves the city and he wants to continue serving it.

He served two controversial terms as mayor of Macon from 1999 to 2007, survived recall efforts and a federal investigation of how his administration spent grant money, and ran for mayor in 2011 but lost by a narrow margin to incumbent Robert Reichert.

Just after midnight on August 1, community activist Al Tillman sent an email out titled "AL Tillman for Mayor."

In that email, he wrote: "I will immediately put together an exploratory team to look at a bid for mayor of the new consolidated Government."

Tillman, chairman of Unity-n-Community, said Friday he has seven people on his exploratory team and is looking for two more as he studies his chances.

"You have to put some work in," he said. "You can't just jump in to something like this."

On Friday, former Macon city council candidate Marshall Burkett called WMAZ to announce his mayoral candidacy too.

Burkett, who took current councilman Tom Ellington to a runoff in 2007, said he wants to get a casino to locate in Macon to take advantage of traffic on the interstates.

He added that doing so would create jobs and help "stop all this killing."

The first mayor of the merged government will be elected in November 2013.

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