Mayor Shaheen Qualifies to Run for Council Post 1 | News
Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen made it official Thursday.
He wants to be a council member.
Shaheen came downstairs at City Hall from the Mayor's office around 3 p.m. to the Clerk's office.
He greeted his employees and turned in the $252 qualifying fee to run for council in the November election.
Shaheen wants the Post 1 seat that represents the whole city. It's currently held by Mike Daley, who qualified this week for reelection.
Shaheen explained why he wants to run for council.
He said, "As a mayor, my leadership for the past four years is to carry out our predecessors vision. What I want to do as a councilman is set the vision in recreation, Robins Air Force Base, for future road projects like Feagin Mill, for the future citizens of Warner Robins."
Shaheen says he feels under the city charter, being a councilman is equal to being the mayor. He said he did not realize that, when he took the office four years ago.
He still wants to serve the city, while going back to work into the private sector. Shaheen said he intends to return to his former company as a pharmaceutical representative.
He said he did not feel going from the mayor's office to a council seat is a step back.
Shaheen said, "This is not the first time this has happened. If you look up in 1968, Homer J. Walker was the mayor and went to become a councilman. Our charter is set up actually that they are equal. Carl Vinson (Carl Vinson Institute at the University of Georgia) came and did a study, and they called the mayor of Warner Robins, basically a full time councilman. What this does is give me an opportunity to provide for my family and go into the workforce."
Shaheen said he would support an effort, if elected to the council post, to change the city charter to give the next mayor more authority. A change to the charter would require approval by the state legislature.
Charlie Scott, a former city firefighter, has also qualified to run for the Post 1 Seat.