Warner Robins Mayor Toms announces that he will run for second term, Musselwhite enters race

Toms running for second term as mayor

Wednesday night, Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms announced he will be running for a second term in office. 

Toms was elected Mayor in December 2013 and sworn in in January of 2014. He says things have been moving in a "good direction" since he took office. 

He told WMAZ there is a lot of "momentum" still going in his administration. He plans to continue "growing" the international city if he is elected.

During Wednesday's announcement, Toms became emotional. He says that's because he's proud to serve the city of Warner Robins.

"It means a lot to me because I grew up here. I love this city. It's not a fake. I don't just do this for my own self-indulgence. I see my own children and grandchildren running around in this room," says Toms. 

Last week, current Warner Robins Councilman Chuck Shaheen said at a city council meeting that he would be running for mayor, but he has not made an official announcement. 

Shaheen previously served as mayor from 2010 to 2013.

Former Public Works Director for the city Joe Musselwhite has also put his "name in the hat" for mayor.

Musselwhite says he disagrees with a lot of the decisions that both Toms and Shaheen have made for the city over the last 8 years.

"I'm obviously not happy with the results they've given us or I wouldn't be putting my name in the hat to run for mayor. Me running for mayor and campaigning is not about me. Like I said earlier, I have a passion for Warner Robins, and I want to give something back," says Musselwhite. 

Musselwhite says he if elected, his first priority will be to work with the city council and department heads to address public safety, recreation, and balancing the budget.

Qualifying for mayor, city council, and other city positions in Warner Robins and dozens of other Central Georgia cities begins Monday and runs through next Friday.

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