City council candidates discuss ‘next chapter’ at community forum
WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Tuesday night marked the first of many public forums on the road to elections in Warner Robins. Candidates gave residents a preview the city’s future if elected.
“The message I want to communicate is ‘hey, we have a story to write’ and I ask that each and everyone join me in writing the next chapter in Warner Robins,” said candidate Eric Langston.
That next chapter started as city council hopefuls made their first impressions on the public at the candidate forum hosted by the Robins Regional Chamber.
“I get kind of the heart beat of what the community needs, and I see what those needs are,” said Candidate Jim Taylor.
Community supporters came out to here from Langston, Taylor, and Daron Lee–all gunning for the Post 1 spot currently occupied by mayoral candidate Chuck Shaheen.
“I’ve been going to council meetings and county commission meetings for six or seven years. I mean, I go every week so I see what the issues are,” said Taylor.
The forum tackled some of Warner Robins biggest concerns for future growth–including how to appeal to millennials while keeping elderly residents happy too.
“How can we attract and retain young professionals and young entrepreneurs in Warner Robins, all the while accommodating the needs of seniors?” Langston explained.
Langston, a Warner Robins native and the youngest of the three, says he knows exactly what his generation wants in a city.
“Things to do, music, festivals, a place to live. I mean these kids are in college here and we don’t have any dormitories to support their needs,” he said.
Taylor says he believes the key to gelling the community is bringing in new industries.
“If we have stuff to do, if we have a lower crime rate, if we have a quality of life, if we have some walk-ability, I think more missions will start coming to Robins and more industries will start looking at Warner Robins to move to,” Taylor added.
The race for a seat on Warner Robins City Council is just beginning, but all three candidates say they’re ready for the forums to come–and any obstacles in between.
The next forum is scheduled for next Tuesday. Mayoral candidates will discuss their stances on city issues and possible solutions.