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Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 9:26pm

Musselwhite And Toms Look To A Runoff In Warner Robins Mayoral Race

Retired firefighter Randy Toms and former public works director Joe Musselwhite will go head-to-head in a runoff election to become the next mayor of Warner Robins.

It was a long, but polite night in Houston County where candidates and their supporters gathered at the Warner Robins city hall to watch the returns come in.

The one mayoral candidate that chose a nearby golf course country club, Joe Musselwhite said of his opponent in the upcoming runoff: "Randy’s a good guy. Randy’s run a good, clean race. Randy’s a friend of mine. I look forward to the challenge and we’ll be here again on election day thank goodness."

Unlike nearby Macon-Bibb County where several races were downright nasty, this race lacked that kind of drama. But it was a close race that had supporters on edge.

Toms captured nearly 25 percent of the vote, while Musselwhite was close behind with nearly 23 percent. There was less than a one-percent difference between Musselwhite and runner-ups Chuck Chalk and Daron Lee.

"I want people of Warner Robins and the Middle Georgia area to know that when something happens in city hall in Warner Robins that they can trust it. And they can bank on it," Toms said after grabbing the top spot in the runoff.

Voter turnout was low with about 6,600 residents casting ballots in the race, 2,600 of whom voted early.

Voters head back to the polls on December 3rd.


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