Update: Chalk, Shaheen face WR mayoral runoff

WARNER ROBINS — The mayoral race is going to a runoff.

Chuck Shaheen and Chuck Chalk will face off in a second election on Dec. 1 to determine who will lead Warner Robins for at least the next four years.

Pharmaceutical sales representative Shaheen took in 2,269 votes, about 38 percent of the total tally, while Chalk took in 1,941 votes, about 33 percent, to gain the second place in the runoff. Councilman Clifford Holmes Jr. fell just short with 1,724 votes, about 29 percent.

“I wouldn’t have expected three candidates in a race this close,” said Chalk, a program manager at Robins Air Force Base. “The next step, by this weekend, is strategy. We’ve got to work on a way to generate voter turnout for the race.”

Shaheen left City Hall early to be with supporters at a local restaurant Shahenshah Diner at 2028 Watson Boulevard, where a celebration was being held in his honor.

The men waited with other candidates inside City Hall for election results, which were announced in real time on the city’s Web site starting around 8 p.m. as precinct totals became available.

About 18 percent of the city’s 31,723 registered voters participated in the election, either through early voting, absentee ballots or voting during the day Tuesday. A runoff election is required when one candidate fails to receive more than 50 percent of the votes.

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