Former Warner Robins Councilman Wilbanks seeks old seat

chwright@macon.comSeptember 5, 2013 

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WARNER ROBINS -- A familiar face joined the race for an abandoned Warner Robins council seat on the final day of qualifying for the special election.

Bob Wilbanks, 53, signed up for the race for his former Post 4 seat Thursday morning, becoming the third candidate to attempt to take over the final two years of the term Mike Brashear vacated last week to run for the mayor’s office.

Ben Campbell, a program manager at Robins Air Force Base, and local businessman Tim Thomas qualified for the Post 4 seat earlier this week.

Wilbanks decided not to seek re-election two years ago, with many floating rumors his eye was on the mayor’s seat. But qualifying for the mayor’s race ended last week with no word from Wilbanks.

Wilbanks was at an event and could not talk when contacted Thursday afternoon.

The former councilman drew headlines during his time on council for confrontations with Mayor Chuck Shaheen. Wilbanks claimed Shaheen failed repeatedly to carry out policies the council approved.

The special election will be held during the general election, Nov. 5.

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

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