WARNER ROBINS — Just a month from now, retired firefighter Randy Toms will become the new mayor of his hometown. He edged out Joe Musselwhite, retired city Public Works director, by an almost 2-1 margin in Tuesday’s runoff election for mayor.
“You’ll never know what this means to me by having y’all in this room,” Toms said, wiping his eyes as he looked around at family, friends, supporters and city employees gathered at the Courtyard by Marriott.
Toms garnered 65.5 percent of the vote, earning 3,159 votes to Musselwhite’s 1,662. Results are unofficial until certified by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.
About 4,700 people — or 14.5 percent of registered voters — cast ballots in the runoff. That compares to a 20 percent voter turnout for November’s general election.