The Macon-Bibb District 9 Conflict

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Updated: Fri, 06 Sep 2013 05:28:17 EST

The Bibb County Board of Elections says Al Tillman was following the letter of the law when he qualified to run for District 9, but Macon city council member Henry Gibson was not satisfied with that answer. He is still fight to get that changed, less than two weeks before Election Day and after some voters have already cast their ballots during early elections.

Gibson voiced concern when Tillman moved from District 8 in Macon-Bibb County to District 9 with the sole purpose of running against James Timley.

Gibson protested to the Bibb County Board of Elections via letter. They ruled that Tillman followed the letter of the law when he move from his family's home on Robin Hood Road in District 8 to a small apartment on Bloomfield Road, but Gibson says he doesn't want a that kind of candidate representing him. "He actually denounced his family life with kids, just to run for office," he said.

Gibson appealed the decision, landing both him and Tillman before Judge Steve Boswell in a Bibb County Superior courtroom.

Tillman says the appeal is a waste of tax dollars. “I think our community needs to say a prayer for Mr. Gibson and my opponent Mr. Timley,” said Tillman. “They wasted a lot of tax payer’s time and money."

Gibson says he is fighting because Tillman’s actions are wrong. "He’s a manipulator he's manipulating the law. I know Mr. Tillman. I have known him for years. He's a joke," she said.

Despite Gibson’s thoughts, Tillman believes his the right man for the job. "We can stop the end of all these shenanigans,” said Gibson. “I think the outcome will be in our favor. The community is in our favor."

"I disagree with him saying that people all in the community support him. I haven't heard that," said Gibson.

Judge Boswell requested all three lawyers submit their concerns in writing by Monday, the same day he hopes to make a decision

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