WARNER ROBINS -- Clifford Holmes Jr. is returning to the Warner Robins City Council.
In unofficial results, Holmes, a 70-year-old former councilman, defeated two opponents outright to claim the Post 5 council seat.
But don’t look for a bitter feud between Holmes and the No. 2 vote getter, Richard “Chef” Weldon. The two embraced after the final election results came in. Weldon said he will work with Holmes, whom he called a mentor who shares many of the same ideas.
“Now what?” Holmes said. “Time for work. Time to work.”
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Holmes said he wants to launch an audit to evaluate Warner Robins’ projects that may have been languishing, and he wants to figure out which projects can be completed first. Holmes, a former principal, also wants to target blight.
“We got to quit talking about cleaning it up. We got to clean it up,” he said. “Tear down, clean up, move it away. We can do it.”
Holmes won with the largest margin of victory in any of Tuesday’s Warner Robins races.
Holmes drew 758 ballots, or 62.5 percent, while Weldon received 324 votes, which was 26.7 percent of the vote. In third place, newcomer Liberty Kovach secured 131 votes, or 10.8 percent of the vote.
Kovach could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
Tuesday, both candidates positioned themselves near the Warner Robins recreation center, which was Post 5’s only voting precinct. Holmes and his wife sat in folding chairs in front of the library, just a few feet from Weldon’s children and grandchildren. Weldon himself was working at a corner of Davis Drive, waving to traffic.
Holmes served on the City Council from 2006 to 2010 and ran an unsuccessful campaign for mayor.
Holmes said he will work with other members of Warner Robins City Council to build a team with his colleagues.
To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.