Shealy to seek Warner Robins Council re-election

chwright@macon.comJune 6, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- Councilman Paul Shealy said Thursday that he will seek re-election in November.

“As a current member of the council, I have worked for our city’s continued growth and the well-being of our citizens; not only for my district, but for all the people of Warner Robins,” Shealy said in a release he handed out at a called Warner Robins council meeting.

Shealy, 68, had been on the fence about running for a second term, but he said in a phone conversation that harmony among council members and the revival of stalled projects pushed him to try for another four years.

“Everyone seems to be working together in the right direction,” Shealy said, pointing to Thursday’s budget discussions as an example. “There’s going to possibly be a big change with the (elections), but we have a good core group. And I want to be a part of that.”

Qualifying for the Post 3 seat will be in August. Post 1, at-large, and Post 5 are also up for re-election. The mayor’s term also ends this year. Councilman Mike Brashear has said he intends to resign his Post 4 seat to run for mayor. When that happens, a special election would be called to fill his post as well.

Shealy is a one-term councilman known to push for infrastructure improvements and the annexation of property.

He said in the release he would continue to work with city employees to ensure “our residents receive the amenities that make our city the best place to live, work and play.”

Shealy said it takes anyone the better part of two years to understand the job, and he’s in an even better position than two years ago.

“I will apply the knowledge and experience I have gained in the past four years on council to work on projects that will benefit our city in coming years,” he said in his statement.

He also said he’d like to continue to work on expansion of water and sewer lines, recreation revitalization, a new medical clinic on the north side of town, as well as the construction of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park and a new Welcome Center. He said sidewalks are needed on Watson Boulevard and throughout the city.

“We are currently working on plans for a new fire station on (Ga. 96) and for increasing the number of firefighters and patrol officers,” he stated. “I will also strive to renew efforts to clean up Bay Gall Creek and improve storm water drainage throughout the city.”

Shealy said he would also support Robins Air Force Base.

To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.

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