A school teacher is challenging a retired Robins Air Force Base employee for his position on Warner Robins City Council.

Paul Shealy has held the Post 3 seat for the past four years. Now, Keith Lauritsen wants the job.

Lauritsen grew up in Warner Robins, worked in the Houston County school system, and then last year, took a job teaching at Bibb County's Southwest High School.

He says his interest in city Government started about six months ago when he agreed to serve as chairman of a recreation board for Warner Robins.

Providing more recreation opportunities is a priority for Lauritsen.

Shealy wants to keep his seat to finish what he started. He prides himself on his availability to his constituents, working 7 days a week for position that's listed as a part-time job.

Shealy says experience is his best asset.

"I believe over the last four years, I've learned so much. I believe I earned their respect, their trust. They know what I say I will back up," Shealy says.

Lauritsen says, "I think our city is way, way behind. We have some great sports and athletics, but as far as recreation facilities and recreation opportunities, we are way behind on where we should be."

Post 3 stretches from Watson Boulevard in the north to Veterans High School in the south.

About 18,000 people live in the district. 9,000 are registered voters.

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