DDA board member to run for Warner Robins council

chwright@macon.comJune 10, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- A Downtown Development Authority board member announced Monday he will run for Post 5 on City Council.

Richard “Chef” Weldon, 56, said he has been campaigning since last summer but decided to make an official announcement since the public’s attention now has turned to the November elections.

“I feel the need for Warner Robins, urgency, to bring the city together,” Weldon said.

Qualifying begins in August for the November races, which will include the mayor, Post 1, Post 3 and Post 5. If Councilman Mike Brashear, of Post 4, qualifies for the mayor’s race, a separate qualifying will be held for his council seat.

Councilman Daron Lee, 42, has said he will seek the mayoral seat instead of the Post 5 seat he has held for the past three and a half years.

Weldon said he isn’t aware of anyone else running for the seat but would be the best candidate even if there were.

“Being a household name, that wasn’t a threat,” he said. “I have a goal to be the best for the city. That’s my goal. Leaders making leaders.”

Weldon has served on the Downtown Development Authority for six years, helping resurrect the International City Festival. He works at Robins Air Force Base as an equipment custodian.

Born and raised in Warner Robins, Weldon said it’s time for the north end of town to be brought back to its former glory.

“At one time, it was vital and very, very strong. In fact, it was one of the main places in Warner Robins,” he said. “We want to get back to that.”

Weldon said the city needs more jobs, especially on the north side, and business is the answer.

“A lot of people think there are a lot of businesses in Warner Robins, but it’s not,” he said.

Weldon said a stronger relationship with the base needs to be built, and the city’s image of an international location needs to be solidified.

And, he said, it’s council’s job to help the mayor “sell the city” to accomplish its goals.

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

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