Shaheen Will Not Seek Re-election as Mayor | News
Mayor Chuck Shaheen announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election as the top elected official in Warner Robins.
Shaheen said that instead he has decided to seek Post 1; a city wide seat on city council.
While addressing supporters at a restaurant on Watson Boulevard Shaheen said there is greater opportunity to help move the city forward by serving as a member of council.
"I can move back into the private sector, as well as serve the city I love, " Shaheen said.
Qualifying for the mayor's race and city council seats will begin Monday, August 26th.
For months, Shaheen had declined to comment on whether he'll seek a second term. But he had clashed regularly with the city council, which recently cut back the mayor's powers.
Several candidates are already lined up to run for the mayor's office: council member Mike Brashear; retired firefighter Randy Toms; Robins Air Force Base employee Chuck Chalk; council member Daron Lee, minister Rev. Jeffrey Walker; and retiring public works director Joe Mussellwhite.
In 2009, Shaheen won the mayor's office by defeating Chalk in a runoff election by less than 200 votes.
Shaheen is the first to serve as the city's leader following the death of four term Mayor Donald Walker.
The Post 1 seat is currently held by Mike Daley; Tuesday afternoon, he said Shaheen's candidacy is great for the city and great for city employees.
He declined to say whether he'll run for re-election, saying he'll announce his plans soon.