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DECISION 2013: Three in Race for Warner Robins Post 4

WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Election day in Warner Robins is just days away. Current Post 4 city councilman Mike Brashear is running for mayor, which leaves his seat for grabs. 41NBC caught up with the three candidates vying for your vote.

First on the ballot is political newcomer Ben Campbell. Campbell says he was called to represent the community.

"We can get things changed as long as we get people working together for a goal," Campbell said.

Warner Robins native Tim Thomas is also a new face to politics. He says serving the community runs in his family.

"My father was in politics, on city council, from the time I was in elementary school all the way through the time I graduated from high school," Thomas said.

Bob Wilbanks is no stranger to local politics. He served on Warner Robins City Council from 2008 to 2011. He got the call to serve again, literally.

"People just kept calling and asked me to come back," Wilbanks said.

All three candidates say Post 4 is in need of parks and recreation.

"We pay a lot of taxes here but we have no parks in this area," Thomas said.

"We need to have greens pace," Campbell said.

"There's no safe place for a child to play," Wilbanks said.

Wilbanks says if elected, he wants to increase the size of the Warner Robins police force.

"They're doing everything they can do right now to handle calls for service but when you spend your time handling calls for service, you can't do crime suppression, drug suppression, some of the things we really need to be doing," Wilbanks said.

Thomas adds the city needs to bring more businesses to the are and attract young professionals, like his son who is graduating from college this year.

"I talked to him and asked him if he was going to come back here to work and he told me he didn't think he could find a job here, so that got my wheels turning," Thomas said. "There are some things we have got to do to help our younger citizens."

While Campbell's biggest concern is planning and zoning as Post 4 continues to grow.

"There are a lot of ticked off neighborhoods right now because they all seem to think that they don't have a say at what goes on at the city at all." Campbell said.

Both Thomas and Wilbanks say they won't vote to raise taxes. Campbell says he wants to leave that decision up to the people.

Early voting ends Friday, November 1st. Election day is Tuesday, November 5th.

 

 

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