A former Macon city councilman has announced his candidacy for a seat in the consolidated government.

Mike Cranford, who served on council from 1995 to 1999 and again from 2005 to 2012, tells 13WMAZ he will run for the District 7 seat on the Macon-Bibb Commission.

"I've been wanting the city and the county to consolidate for quite some time, and I feel I was instrumental to helping it happen so it's a natural step for me to help make this transition," Cranford says.

A lawyer, Cranford says his "business and legal" experience would help guide the move to consolidation.

He also cites his time as the chair of the city's appropriations committee, on the Service Delivery Strategy team and on the SPLOST oversight committee.

Cranford lost his Ward 2 Post 2 council seat by 82 votes to former Macon police officer Henry Gibson in a July 2011 primary.

District 7 covers a portion of south Macon below Rocky Creek Road to the east of I-475/I-75 and west of Highway 129 and South Walden Road.

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