Three Candidates Seek WR Post 5 Seat

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A former interim mayor, a political newcomer, and well-known chef go head-to-head in the race for the Warner Robins Post 5 council seat.

That district stretches to the city's northern boundary, Highway 247, and includes Commercial Circle, which is the downtown area.

The candidates talked about their agenda, if elected to council for a year term.

Retired educator 70-year-old Clifford Holmes thought about giving the mayor's job a go.

He's held the position before; 70 days in 2008 when then-mayor, Donald Walker, went on sick leave.

Holmes decided against the mayor's race this time, saying, "It's an expensive venture."

Instead, he's trying to reclaim the seat he left four years ago. He said many friends and neighbors in the area encouraged him to run again.

Holmes said, "I offer myself again, so at least there will be some experience in the race."

He said the city will need it, with a new mayor and the possibility of four new council members.

One of his opponents, Liberty Kovach, says political inexperience isn't such a bad thing.

Kovach said, "I bring a new perspective to the table."

She's 25 and a stay at home mom, who holds a position on the board of the city's farmer's market. She bakes bread and sweets for the market every week. She said that work sparked her interest in city council.

Kovach said, "It's mostly old men in politics. There's no reason a young woman can't get involved, too."

The Warner Robins native says her youth may encourage young people to care about city government. She wants to bring a recycling program to the city, and a walkable downtown, similar to Macon's.

Robins Air Force Base employee and cook, Richard "Chef" Weldon, says it's his ideas that stand out.

Weldon said, "We must go green. There's no other way around it."

He's pushing that initiative, saying low air pollution would help Robins in future round of BRAC. He wants a public transportation system for the city, too.

Weldon, the current Downtown Development Authority chairman, also wants to improve downtown. He says the DDA does not have a lot of funds, but can work with the city's Redevelopment Agency to improve the area.

Weldon said, "We're looking for growth, renewal and making Warner Robins look beautiful."

All three candidates want dilapidated properties in the district demolished, particularly near Commercial Circle and along Highway 247.

Post 5 is currently represented by Daron Lee, who is running for mayor.

The district has about 6,500 voters.

There's about 33,400 registered voters in the City of Warner Robins.

Early voting in Warner Robins ends Friday, November 1st.

Election day is Tuesday, November 5th.

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