Qualification begins for Houston, Peach elections

WARNER ROBINS — There was no pomp when Warner Robins Mayor Donald Walker declared early Monday morning for the post he’s held since 1994.

He quietly put up the $3,090 needed to defend his seat during the first day of qualifying for November’s election, City Clerk Stan Martin said.

Walker was one of more than two dozen officials or aspirants who qualified for positions up for election in November in Peach and Houston counties. In addition to Warner Robins, Centerville, Perry and Fort Valley residents also will be voting on a mayor. So far, Perry’s John Worrall has said he does not intend to run, Centerville Mayor Bubba Edwards has not said whether he will, and Fort Valley Mayor John Stumbo recently said he will seek a fourth term.

Walker, 60, is expected to face off with three challengers.

Under Walker, Warner Robins has doubled in size, annexing about 17 square miles of land.

The city also now has more than 60,000 residents. Qualifying began today and runs through Friday.

While no one else has officially declared candidacy in the mayoral race, lawn signs are popping up around the city pushing City Councilman Clifford Holmes Jr. and local businessman Chuck Shaheen for the post.

Retired military Chuck Chalk has also said he plans to run for mayor.

James L. “Paul” Shealy and Dean Cowart have declared for Warner Robins City Council Post 3.

That seat is being vacated by Terry Horton, who has said he doesn’t intend to run for re-election.

Linda Carnes declared for the Post 1 seat currently held by John Havrilla.

Holmes’ council seat, which no one has declared for, will also be filled in November.

To contact writer Marlon A. Walker, call 256-9685.