MACON, Ga. — There's an eighth candidate for next year's Macon-Bibb mayor's race.

He is Stanley B. Stewart, who calls himself a community organizer and former educator.

Stewart held a news conference Tuesday at the Macon-Bibb Government Center to announce he's running.

His campaign flyer carries the slogan, "A New Voice, Building One Macon for the 21st Century and Beyond."

Stewart -- the cousin of music legend Little Richard -- says he wants to boost Macon brand as a tourism destination by promoting the city's music heritage.

He also wants "higher and competitive pay" for county workers and to make Macon-Bibb a regional logistical hub.

Robert Reichert steps down next year after 12 years in the mayor's office.

Already in the race:

  • Chatavia Callaway, a businesswoman.
  • Michael McKeever, Robins Air Force Base employee
  • Lester Miller, attorney and school board president
  • Charles Olson, who manages the 1842 Inn
  • Larry Schlesinger, rabbi and county commissioner
  • Virgil Watkins, businessman and county commissioner
  • Verbin Weaver, activist and  BIbb County Democratic party vice chair

Qualifying for the 2020 mayor's race happens next March and people in Macon-Bibb will vote May 19. 

If a runoff is needed, it would happen July 21, 2020.

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