Created: Tue, 10 Sep 2013 09:18:00 EST
Updated: Wed, 11 Sep 2013 09:38:01 EST
Six candidates to fill the soon to be vacant mayoral job in Warner Robins laid out their plans for the city Tuesday at Central Georgia Technical College. The mayoral forum was hosted by the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Council member Daron Lee, former Council Member Mike Brashear, retired Public Works Director Joe Musselwhite, and retired firefighter Randy Toms all come into the race with experience working for the public.
Robins Air Force Base civilian employee Chuck Chalk and Property Manager Eva Folse touted their experience in the private sector.
Each candidate answered a series of questions then were given the chance to lay out their plans for the city.
Former Council Member Mike Brashear raised concerns about the feasibility of a public transit system, while saying the city needs to preserve Robins Air Force Base by strengthening it's relationship with the 21st Century Partnership.
Also calling for a renewed relationship with the 21st Century Partnership is property manager Eva Folse.
Folse also says she wants to draw more tourism dollars to the region through city beautification and a promise to address infrastructure needs.
Civilian base worker Chuck Chalk took a different approach than other candidates. Chalk touted the need for a clear vision and goals for the city. Chalk says once those goals are realized it will draw in big employers.
Council Member Daron Lee says more partnerships are needed with neighboring municipalities. Lee also says if major distribution companies could use Robins Air Force Base for business, it would be a big economic boost to the region.
Retired firefighter Randy Toms also called on the need for partnerships with neighboring communities. Toms says the city must do a better job communicating with local businesses, and he says if elected, he will lobby the state legislature to change Warner Robins' city charter into a strong mayor system.
Retired Public Works Director Joe Musselwhite also has concerns about the effectiveness of the mayoral position saying the Mayor and Council must work together. Musselwhite says if elected he will immediately begin working on a gameplan to better the city.