The ‘Diner’ Debate: Waffle House Becomes a Hot Topic at Fort Valley Political Forum

The ‘Diner’ Debate: Waffle House Becomes a Hot Topic at Fort Valley Political Forum

FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Waffle House woes were on the table at Fort Valley's first political forum Tuesday night.

An audience member asked Fort Valley mayoral candidates John Stumbo and Barbara Williams why the franchise hasn't moved to town. While the comment stirred a couple of chuckles, the conversation quickly turned to the need for more business in Peach County. Both Stumbo and Williams agree, there's a need for a Waffle House and other restaurants in Fort Valley.

"I would love bring in a dine-in restaurant or maybe two," Williams said.

"We were able to bring in Dollar General Market Store, we are able to bring in Wendy's and we will continue to work at it," Stumbo said.

Fort Valley State University hosted the forum featuring candidates for council, utilities commission and mayor.

In addition to the urge for hot waffles around the clock, the mayoral candidates also went in-depth about the future of Fort Valley and their top priorities for the city and Peach County.

"The future of Robins Air Force Base," Stumbo said, "is a critical issue. We've addressed most of the criticisms from the last BRAC, but we still don't know where we stand on the others."

"Students," Williams said, "trying to retain the students by making sure that we have opportunities for recreation outlets for them, to keep them from going all over the place for whatever reason."

Williams, a longtime Fort Valley city council woman, is running against incumbent Mayor Stumbo. Both candidates have been in office for 16 years.


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