Brashear backs Toms for now in Warner Robins mayoral runoff

chwright@macon.comNovember 6, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- Mike Brash-ear, who landed fifth in the Warner Robins mayoral race, said he will support Randy Toms in the Dec. 3 runoff against Joe Musselwhite.

“I’ve known Randy Toms for about 15 years now, and he’s become a very close friend of mine,” Brashear said, adding he met Toms through church.

Still, a recount of the votes could change everything. Councilman Daron Lee, who received just 45 fewer votes than Musselwhite on Tuesday, said Wednesday he would seek a recount of votes after finding discrepancies in the reported results. Election Superintendent Kathy Cummings called a recount out of an “abundance of caution,” noting no errors were suspected or found.

If it results in a runoff between Toms and Lee, Brash-ear said he’ll have to review his options.

“I like a lot of (Lee’s) experience: his interactions with other agencies around the midstate region and so forth,” Brashear said. “So, if that became the case, I would have to really, seriously think.”

Chuck Chalk, who landed fourth in the mayoral race, said almost immediately after the race was called he would back Toms. Contacted Wednesday about the possible change in runoff contenders, Chalk said he will discuss whether his endorsement could be affected if that happens.

Lee also said he will hold off an endorsement discussion until after the recount.

For now, though, Toms has gained the support of two of his four former opponents, who garnered 1,912 votes between them in the general election. Toms won 1,626 votes Tuesday to Musselwhite’s 1,511.

“I think he’ll (Toms) do great,” Brashear said. “The Chuck Chalk people probably see that he’s the right candidate, and I think that he’s the right candidate, so hopefully, we’ll pull most of those votes over to Randy Toms.”

Toms said he appreciated the support, and it may help convince some who might not have voted for him Tuesday to vote for him in the runoff.

“Chuck and I, and Mike and I, share a lot of the same friends,” Toms explained. “A lot of people in those different campaigns were kind of torn who to support.”

He added he’s not upset with anyone who voted for Chalk and Brashear the first time. It was a tough choice.

“At this critical time, I hope all their supporters will come over and help get this job done,” Toms said.

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