One Clear Winner, Two Runoff Races in Warner Robins

1:16 PM, Nov 9, 2011   |    comments
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Warner Robins voters chose one clear winner in Tuesday night's city council elections. There will be two runoff races in December.

Retired fire marshal and now a local sports radio broadcaster Mike Davis handily defeated the one incumbent seeking re-election, John Williams.

Williams has been mired in controversy for the past year, after being charged with crimes in Houston County Superior Court and U.S. Federal Court. Neither case has gone to trial.

Davis said the overwhelming number of votes in his favor showed the community's desire for change. He said, "The results show how strongly they want it."

Davis will replace Williams in January in the Post 6 seat, but it's unclear who will fill the Post 2 and Post 4 positions.

Voters will choose between retired city clerk Carolyn Robbins and businessman Tim Thomas. They were the two front-runners of five contestants in the Post 2, city-wide race. Robbins said, "I have experience. I have leadership. I am a team player." She said she will continue to stress that message to voters in the coming weeks.

Thomas said he expected the run-off, with five candidates vying for the seat. He said, "I wanted to be the top voter-getter, but it will be that way in two or three weeks."

Post 4 candidate Mike Brashear brought in the most votes and hoped to avoid the run-off. He received about 44-percent of the vote. He said, "I'll continue to talk to people and encourage those people that came out and voted for me to get back out and vote again."

Harrington said he expected "bad news" at the beginning of the night but was pleased to make into the run-off. He said, "I'm a better quality candidate. I have experience. I have education."

The run-off election will be held December 6th.

City elections superintendent Vida Rawls estimated that about 15-percent of registered voters, about 5,000 people, cast a ballot in this election.

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