Houston & Peach

Final ruling in on residency challenges in Warner Robins council races

All challenges to the residency of three candidates seeking Warner Robins council seats have been determined.

After a hearing earlier this week, City Election Superintendent Michelle Riley determined on Thursday that Kevin Lashley is qualified to run, according to a city of Warner Robins news release.

Lashley is seeking to oust Tim Thomas, who qualified to seek re-election in Post 4.

Meanwhile, a challenge to the residency status of two candidates in the Post 2 Warner Robins council race has resulted in the disqualification of one person and the qualifying of another on Wednesday.

Riley found that Zachary Adam Collins is not qualified to seek the post. He could not be reached for comment.

Another candidate, Eric Langston, who was also challenged due to residency, was found to be qualified to run after a separate hearing earlier this week.

Langston will face Stephen Baughier for the seat that was held by Carolyn Robbins, who did not qualify to seek re-election. Robbins has been battling health issues.

Candidates are required by state law to have lived at least one year within their district, or within the city if the district is at-large, in order to seek a council seat.

Former Councilman John Williams, who served time in prison, but sought to run for council Post 6, previously withdrew after he realized he could not serve in office having a felony conviction.