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Macon mayor candidates Miller, Whitby face off in debate

Candidates Lester Miller and Cliffard Whitby debated questions based on the issues you told us were important to you in the Listening Lab

MACON, Ga. — On Tuesday,  the two Macon-Bibb mayor candidates met in a debate moderated by 13WMAZ’s Frank Malloy.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been airing stories from our interviews with the candidates on topics you told us were important to you in our Listening Lab.

The Listening Lab traveled to nine different areas in Macon-Bibb County earlier this year and you met us there – as well as online – to complete a survey telling us what in the community concerned you most.

Candidates Lester Miller and Cliffard Whitby covered many hot button issues in the hour-long debate.

The two gave their thoughts on Mayor Robert Reichert's response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The subject of moving the Confederate monuments out of downtown was also discussed.

In keeping with the Confederate monument topic, Whitby and Miller spoke on the state of race relations in Macon and what they would do to improve upon the situation.

Also during the debate, the candidates were asked about the overall tone of the mayoral race and if they think it's been appropriate.

MORE INFO: You talked. We listened. Here are the results of the 13WMAZ Listening Lab.

You can watch the full debate at 5 p.m. Wednesday on 13WMAZ.

The last day of early voting in Macon-Bibb County is Aug. 7 and then election day will be held the following Tuesday on Aug. 11.

To see if you're registered to vote and where your precinct is, click here.

Here are the stories we’ve done with both candidates on the issues:

Macon mayoral candidates Miller, Whitby discuss how to decrease violence

Macon mayoral candidates Miller, Whitby discuss how they'd handle COVID-19 pandemic

Macon mayoral candidates Miller, Whitby discuss county budget and spending priorities

Macon-Bibb County mayoral candidates Miller, Whitby discuss race relations