Another candidate seeks council seat

WARNER ROBINS — Another candidate emerged Thursday seeking the Post 3 City Council seat currently held by Councilman Terry Horton.

James L. “Paul” Shealy, 64, announced his plans to run for the seat just two weeks after former Councilman Dean Cowart announced he also will run for the same post. Horton has said he does not plan to seek re-election.

While Shealy is a newcomer to politics, he has spent most of his life in Warner Robins. He first arrived in the city in 1959 with his stepfather, who served in the Air Force. Shealy has owned automotive businesses on Commercial Circle and has worked for Flint Electric Membership Corp. He retired from Robins Air Force Base in 2005 after 24 years as an electronics technician.

When not working, Shealy has served the community in various capacities. He has assisted the Warner Robins recreation department with its football and basketball programs. In addition, he played and coached Little League for years.

“I feel like I’m a home-grown guy,” Shealy said.

For the past two years, Shealy has made a point of knowing about what’s going on in city government, attending several City Council meetings.

“I’ve been attending political school for the past two years,” Shealy said.

Shealy has had an opportunity to meet Horton, who called him “a very pleasant man.”

Shealy lists the city’s Georgia-Robins Aerospace Maintenance Partnership as a project he wants to see succeed. Among his passions are the $5.2 million sports complex being built and a future law enforcement complex.

“The three things most vital to our growth are safety, fire and education,” Shealy said.

However, Shealy said he will only make promises if elected.

“The first thing I’m going to do if elected is listen,” he said.

To contact writer Natasha Smith, call 923-3109, extension 236.