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Central Georgia Election Roundup

Central Georgians take to the polls Tuesday in more than 60 races in which mayors and city council members will be elected and Sunday alcohol sales questions will be answered in some areas.

Some voters in the Tuesday elections will also decide special purpose local option sales tax questions.

The following is a list of Central Georgia cities and counties hosting elections.

-Warner Robins

Mayoral Candidate Folse Fined for Violating Cat Laws

A Warner Robins mayoral candidate accused of keeping too many cats faces more than $3,000 in fines for violations of the city's animal ordinance.

That's according to William Childs, clerk of Warner Robins Municipal Court.

 

He said a municipal court judge found Eva Folse guilty after a four-and-half hour hearing held on Tuesday -- National Cat Day.

Folse last month told 13WMAZ that she was running for mayor to partly to draw attention to poor priorities in the city's animal-control department.

In May, she was given 31 citations because officers found 11 cats in a vacant rental home that she owned on Lynn Avenue.

City law prohibits owning more than three.

The officer described the conditions saying, "The odor inside the residence was very strong. There was trash and animal feces and litter covering the room."

Three Candidates Campaign for Warner Robins Post 4

We're two weeks from Election Day, November 5, and 13WMAZ wants to introduce you to the three candidates for the Warner Robins city council seat in Post 4.

"I'm not going to vote for anything that increases taxes or costs us money. I understand if you don't have it you don't spend it and if you do have it you put it up for rainy days," says candidate Tim Thomas. 

Thomas has been a businessman in Warner Robins for 30 years. He says he's been around politics his whole life. 

"I'm tired of hearing politicians say that we want to get business and they never explain how they're going to do it. We have to market ourselves, we market our place, our city and our people and then we go and target the companies we want to bring in here. We just don't take anything, we want to make sure we bring the right companies that fit Warner Robins," says Thomas. 

National Celebrities to Headline the Robins Regional Chamber's 56th Annual Christmas Parade

National Celebrities to Headline the Robins Regional Chamber's 56th Annual Christmas Parade

WARNER ROBINS, GA- The Robins Regional Chamber is pleased to announce that the 56th Annual Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013.  Featured as Grand Marshal this year will be NBC’s Today Show Weatherman, Al Roker and his wife, ABC News Network Correspondent, Deborah Roberts.  The duo will be featured on the very first parade unit, which is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. at the intersection of Houston Road and Watson Blvd.

Four Candidates Vie For Warner Robins Post 1 Seat

WARNER ROBINS - Four candidates are running for the Post 1 council seat in the Nov. 5 election.

Mike Daley, currently holds the seat and is running again to maintain it. 

"I've managed small facilities, I've managed small groups of people, I've managed large groups of people, I've been on board of directors and the C.O.O of a transportation firm. " Daley says his experience in the position separates him from his challengers.

"I think I'm in a much better position to be able to assist the new mayor coming in than the ex-coach would be to support the new coach and you can sort of look at the mayor as being a coach. When the new mayor comes in I think it'll be difficult to have the ex mayor right there on council." says Daley. 

Current Mayor Chuck Shaheen says his time as mayor makes him the best candidate. He says when he took office, he didn't have anyone to show him the ropes, but he can for the incoming mayor.

Shaheen Says Opponent Misunderstood Him

WARNER ROBINS - Around qualifying time Charlie Scott said current Mayor Chuck Shaheen encouraged him or asked him to run for the Post 1 council seat.

Shaheen, who's now running against him, says it was a misunderstanding.

Rep. O'Neal to Help Decide Senator Balfour's Suspension

ATLANTA (AP) - House Majority Leader Larry O'Neal of Houston County is on of two Republican state lawmakers and a retired Georgia Supreme Court chief justice that will decide whether to suspend Sen. Don Balfour from office.

Balfour is facing charges stemming from an investigation into his legislative pay and expenses. 

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday that he has appointed O'Neal, Senate Majority Leader Ronnie Chance and former Chief Justice George Carley, who retired last year. The panel has until Nov. 15 to make a decision. 

Balfour was indicted last month after prosecutors alleged he falsified reports to claim pay and travel expenses from the General Assembly. Prosecutors say on days when Balfour claimed state pay, lobbyists reported entertaining the lawmaker outside of Georgia. 

Balfour's attorney has said Balfour may have made inadvertent mistakes but didn't intentionally misappropriate state funds.