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 publics 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 mayors 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 isnt aware of anyone else running for the seat but would be the best candidate even if there were.
Being a household name, that wasnt a threat, he said. I have a goal to be the best for the city. Thats 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 its 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 its not, he said.
Weldon said a stronger relationship with the base needs to be built, and the citys image of an international location needs to be solidified.
And, he said, its councils job to help the mayor sell the city to accomplish its goals.
To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.