Musselwhite and Toms Prepare for Warner Robins Runoff

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Updated: Thu, 07 Nov 2013 10:14:20 EST

"It was just overwhelming to know that my message had gotten out." -- Randy Toms, Warner Robins Mayoral Candidate

"I was excited. I'm still excited." -- Joe Musselwhite, Warner Robins Mayoral Candidate

Joe Musselwhite and Randy Toms are now in the run-off to be the next mayor of Warner Robins. Both are relative newcomers to the political scene, but both are heavily rooted in the international city.

Toms, the retired city firefighter, "unofficially" tallied 115 more votes than former public works director Joe Musselwhite by the end of election night.

Despite the stakes, voter turnout was low...less than 66 hundred people cast a ballot.

"I was hoping as good of a turnout out as possible but it really turned out like the numbers i expected." -- Joe Musselwhite, Warner Robins Mayoral Candidate

The clerk's office says there are 33,235 registered voters in Warner Robins but less than 20 percent actually came out to vote. And while that number may seem surprisingly low, the candidates say they're not shocked by it.

"Voter turnout is you know to coin a phrase it is what is." -- Randy Toms, Warner Robins Mayoral Candidate

But those numbers aren't discouraging either candidate. Both say they'll try to increase voter participation over the next four weeks and sway voters to their respective camps.

"We're going to be out there in the barber shops and the coffee shops and in the restaurants but as I go I'm just going to be talking to people, finding out what their ideas are encouraging them to get out and vote." -- Randy Toms, Warner Robins Mayoral Candidate

"We're going to talk to them. We're going to send them mailers but I'm going to try and talk to them personally that I possibly can." -- Joe Musselwhite, Warner Robins Mayoral Candidate

The strategies both are considering as the run off date draws closer.

"Between now and december 3 I'm going to try to get some people who didn't vote to the polls." -- Joe Musselwhite, Warner Robins Mayoral Candidate

"I certainly hope more people come out and vote in this run off election and show that we really do care about what's going on." -- Randy Toms, Warner Robins Mayoral Candidate

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