WARNER ROBINS -- A Robins Air Force Base program manager has entered the race for a vacated City Council seat.
Ben Campbell, 54, said he would bring a younger perspective to council with the goal of uniting residents and council to achieve common goals.
Most of the people on the council -- and no offense to any of them -- are retired and arent up to date on current business practices, Campbell said.
Campbell is now the second name on the special election ballot for the seat Mike Brashear abandoned last week to run for the mayors office. Local businessman Tim Thomas, 50, signed up for the Post 4 race Monday. Qualifying for the race ends 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
Campbell said he saw the power of numbers last year when he and neighbors in Harpers Ridge subdivision banded together to successfully defeat a Planning and Zoning decision.
Like most candidates this year, a top issue for Campbell is the possibility of a Base Realignment and Closure Commission. But his angle is a bit different. He said he wants to focus on placing Warner Robins in a position so the base closing wouldnt mean the citys end.
If we build an alternate economic engine to the city, then if BRAC happens, were not dead, Campbell said. If it doesnt, then were better off than we were before.
Campbell said he has experience with budgets between $50 million and $75 million and could responsibly manage city funds.
It wouldnt be like Monopoly money like some people seem to think it is sometimes, Campbell said.
To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.