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13WMAZ's 'Listening Lab' visits community for second week

Our 13WMAZ Listening Lab hit the road to three new locations around the community to hear your thoughts and concerns leading up to the Macon-Bibb election.

MACON, Ga. — The 13WMAZ Listening Lab made its second trip around Macon to hear what issues people want their elected to official to address. 

The Porter Ellis Community Center kicked off the first session of the day. 

Wendy Barnard says, "We need quality people here to protect us so that we can get quality people in as citizens."

People filled out surveys rating their top issues, like improving first responder pay.

At the second stop, in Frank Johnson Center, people discussed hiring more Bibb County deputies. 

Al Blizzard said, "Our law enforcement is overwhelmed. They need more assistance, they need better pay, but they have to have their workload reduced." 

Many expressed concerns over crime.

"We've got too much innocent blood on our hands, the wrong people are dying," says Blizzard. 

At the final stop of the day, McLaine Oppy says he wants to see education improved. 

"The public schools in Macon aren't ranking that well, so we'd like to see the schools do better," says Oppy. 

As a whole, people agreed resolving issues is a community effort. 

"We can't just relay on upper leadership. It starts in the neighborhood and the community," says Devonte Spencer. 

Next week, you can join us for our final Listening Lab sessions:

- Amerson River Park from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

- Middle Georgia State University's polling place on University drive from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Lofts at Zebulon from 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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