Created: Wed, 15 Jan 2014 06:25:00 EST
Updated: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:14:06 EST
Henry Ficklin concedes the Macon-Bibb County District 2 Commissioner seat to Larry Schlesinger via text after a third election for the position.
Schlesinger defeated Ficklin unofficially by 370 votes. At this time Ficklin is not challenging and waiting for the final results and any possible law violations. Fickin sent his congratulations via text to Schlesinger because the Temple Beth Israel rabbi's voice mail was full.
Despite Ficklin's well wishes for his opponent, he remains upset about the district two's configuration. Fickin says it couples affluent neighborhoods that typically have higher voter turnout with poverty stricken areas with low turnout
"It's where our efforts should be because they certainly were illegal to gerrymander lines like that," Ficklin says.
He says the Justice Department is aware of this concern.
Schlesinger is now preparing for new role in the government. He says of his biggest concerns is coming together to work as a team. Schlesinger reveals when he served on Macon City Council it was functional but inefficient and wants that to change.
"The efficiency factor for the entire community and really the entire region will be greatly improved.
A retreat for the commissioners and mayor is scheduled at the end of January in Athens. A challenge hearing is schedule Friday January 17 at 9:30 am inside the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections Office. It is open to the public.