Former Mayor C. Jack Ellis accepted an endorsement and a check from the Central Georgia Federation of Trades and Labor Council.
Michael Gardner, secretary-treasurerfor the federation, gave Ellis a $1,000 check at a news conference Thursday outside City Hall.
Ellis is in a runoff with Mayor Robert Reichert for the election of the first mayor of a consolidated Macon-Bibb County.
Gardner said of Ellis: "When he was in office we did not experience any layoffs. There were some trying times but we were able to sit down with Mayor Ellis and we were able to work through those times."
"We're very concerned about this new government. We're very concerned about these cuts that are being built into it. We are very concerned about the people we representand the jobs," he added.
State Senator David Lucas (D-Macon) also spoke. "Jack is the best choice. Why? Because Jack will tell the truth," saidLucas.
James Timley, president ofMacon City Council andLonzy Edwards, Bibb County commissioner, also spoke in support of Ellis.