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Two city of Macon mayors -- incumbent Robert Reichert and former mayor C. Jack Ellis -- both announced Thursday morning they are running for Mayor of the Macon-Bibb consolidated government.

Reichert made his announcement at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, where he touted his work in office, and pledged to continue to lead in the new government.

He said he wanted to run to continue his plans for new development, such as the Second Street Corridor and keep working on his strategic plan.

"I have the experience and qualifications. I have the vision and the plan; and I have a commitment and the drive to make Macon-Bibb County an attractive, prospering community," said Reichert.

Later that morning, C. Jack Ellis made his own announcement from his Monroe Street home.

Ellis pledged a Macon that would be "a new beginning for all," and focused oncombatingpoverty, improving education, and closing the "divides which are so prevalent in our community."

"I have a vision of what the future could, and should be," Ellis said. "A city that works; a city where its citizens live in harmony with one another and their environment."

Reichert and Ellis will join Bibb County Commission Chairman Sam Hart in the race, which will take place in July.

Although the new elections are non-partisan, all three are Democrats.

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