WARNER ROBINS -- A former City Council candidate said Friday he’s going to give it another shot this year, becoming the first person to announce a bid for the Post 4 seat Councilman Mike Brashear is expected to vacate.
Tim Thomas, 50, said he wants to run for council now more than ever because of the power struggle among the city’s leaders.
“You’re elected to do a job, not to have power,” he said. “I want to be a civic servant, not a politician.”
Thomas ran for Post 2, at-large, in 2011. Carolyn Robbins won the race, but Thomas said he did well in Post 4, where he lives.
Another at-large seat, Post 1, is up for re-election this year, but Thomas said he wanted to focus on the district where he lives.
Brashear announced this summer he will run for mayor, which requires him to vacate his council seat with two years left in the term.
“I spoke with him this week, and it sounds like he’s definitely entering the mayor’s race,” Thomas said.
Once Brashear qualifies for the mayor’s race, a special election and qualifying period will need to be called for Post 4. All open seats are expected to appear on the Nov. 5 ballot.
Qualifying for the mayor’s seat and Posts 1, 3 and 5 begins Monday.
Thomas owns Parkway Bonding, a bail bonds company, and GSTC Monitoring Co., an electronic monitoring company that tracks inmates.
Though a businessman, he grew up in politics. His father served on Warner Robins City Council in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Thomas said it has become standard for city officials to say industry and businesses are needed. But no one ever says how to get those things, he said.
Thomas said companies look at four things: financial stability, quality of life, quality of education and stability of leadership.
Though no improvements in education are needed, the other three are suffering, Thomas said. Financial stability and quality of life are moving in the right direction, he said, especially with some recreation plans council has talked about.
“But let’s not take four or five years to do it,” he said.
One thing holding up progress has been the discord among mayor and council, Thomas said. And that’s the worst of the four needed qualities to encourage commercial development.
“If we can get a good mayor and council elected this year and get them in there working together,” Thomas said, “I think you’re going to see a heck of a city.”
To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.