Former WR councilman to seek at-large post

Doug McDowell announced his candidacy Tuesday for the Warner Robins City Council’s Post 1.

McDowell, 43, previously served as a council member in the city after winning a special election in 2005. He served until the end of 2007.

Post 1 is an at-large post, meaning that voters across Warner Robins will decide the race. McDowell lost his Post 6 seat to John Williams in November 2007 by eight votes. Voters won’t decide that seat until November 2011.

McDowell’s announcement comes days after Mike Daley, a real estate investor who returned to Warner Robins in 2007 after years in the Midwest, said he will be pursuing the Post 1 position. The incumbent, John Havrilla, is not seeking re-election.

McDowell, born and raised in a rural Kentucky town, went to high school and one year of community college there.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from June 1984 to July 2004 — and spent more than a decade at Robins Air Force Base, he said.

After retiring from the military, McDowell began working as the Webmaster for the Houston County Board of Education, a position he still holds. He has a 20-year-old son serving in the Army and 14-year-old triplet daughters who will be attending Northside High School next year.

McDowell said he wanted to get back on the council because he had more work to do.

“Honestly, I don’t feel like I got everything accomplished that I set out to do,” he said.

“It seems like a lot of things aren’t moving along as fast as the city would like to see them,” he said, citing the animal shelter and the sports complex as two instances that he thought the council is making slow progress.

McDowell said he’s happy to run for the citywide post.

“I think it’s going to be more beneficial for me to run in an at-large post,” he said. “I have friends all over the city.”

To contact writer Eric Newcomer, call 744-4494.