Created: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 06:17:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:00:43 EST
With qualifying last week, election season begins with an eye toward the May primary and one board that is generating attention and attracting a lot of candidates is the Macon Water Authority.
Three districts including the at large position will be on the May general primary and non-partisan election. The CEO of real estate company Ocmulgee Fields, Dwight Jones is the latest person vying for one of the positions. He announced his candidacy for the district three post Thursday in front of the Macon Water Authority building on Second Street.
"I want to improve the quality of life for all citizens of Bibb County," he said.
The seat became available after Steve Rickman decided to vacate it and qualify for MWA chairman Friday. Rickman faces former Bibb County chairman Sam Hart and David Cousino, whose run for a number of seats. His decision now means the district three seat is open for qualifying starting Wednesday.
If it seems like an odd election year for MWA, it is. Only districts one and four are supposed to be up for re-election. However with the passing of former MWA chairman Frank Amerson two years ago, a probate judge appointed Kirby Godsey to serve Amerson's term until a special election.
"We have to fill that position and this is the first time that we could do that," former MWA member Barbara Knight said.
Knight says it's good to see people want to run since the salary is only $5,400 and no pension. However, she knows there may be other reasons people campaign, especially for chairman.
"It's a position of leadership and power and they do serve on other boards around the city," she said.
In district one, incumbent Dorothy Black will face Anissa Jones for the seat. In district four incumbent Frank Patterson will have an easy election as he's the only one who qualified.
Election Day is May 20.