WR council member will not seek re-election

Warner Robins City Councilman John Havrilla, whose two stints on the council touch four decades, will not seek re-election this year, he said Monday.

Havrilla, 63, said he needs to focus on his new job with defense contractor Arinc.

His decision means more guaranteed turnover for the council. Councilman Terry Horton recently said he won’t seek re-election to his seat. Three of six council seats and the mayor’s office are up this year, with qualifying for the elections starting Aug. 31.

Havrilla served on the council from 1976 to 1992, leaving the body in an unsuccessful run for mayor. In November 2005, he was elected to Post 1, one of the council’s two citywide seats.

Havrilla said he hasn’t heard of anyone planning to run for his seat. He also said he has no plans to seek any other elected office.

“You never know what’s going to happen in politics, but I’m getting a little age on me,” Havrilla said. “This will very likely be my swan song.”