Lester Miller beats Cliffard Whitby in runoff for Macon-Bibb mayor

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Lester Miller will be Macon-Bibb’s next mayor.

Miller beat Cliffard Whitby in a runoff election Tuesday night, according to unofficial results from the Macon-Bibb Board of Elections, collecting 59.2% of the vote to Whitby’s 40.8%.

Miller will take office in January, replacing Robert Reichert, who has been mayor since December 2007.

Miller (42%) and Whitby (27%) received the most votes of the five candidates in the June 9 non-partisan election, but neither candidate received more than 50% of the vote, which forced Tuesday’s runoff election.

Following Tuesday’s victory, Miller told supporters gathered at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame that “tonight we’re going to celebrate, but tomorrow we’re going back to work.”

Whitby released a statement following the election that said “the voters of Macon-Bibb have spoken.”

“They shared their voice and we will respect that,” Whitby said. “We are grateful to everyone who has supported our campaign and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to speak with so many from all over the county. We look forward to the future of Macon-Bibb and see this city rise to the challenges ahead of it. I still believe Macon’s best days are ahead of it.”

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(478) 745-4141 ext. 310 Tucker Sargent joined the 41NBC news team in April 2012. He hails from "The Great State of Alabama," as he calls it, but you won't catch him saying "Roll Tide!" Tucker grew up near Auburn, before moving to north Alabama. He graduated from Danville High School in 2007 and loves to return to the Tennessee Valley any chance he gets. He moved back south to Troy, Alabama after high school, where he graduated from Troy University in 2011 with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism. He interned in Huntsville at WAAY-TV before joining 41NBC. His passion is sports, and his favorite teams are the Auburn Tigers and Troy Trojans. On the weekends you can catch Tucker watching college football on Saturdays and NASCAR on Sundays! He's proud to call middle Georgia home for now and could always use a story idea from you, so don't hesitate to get in touch with him!