Final debate held for Warner Robins mayoral candidates | Elections |


Final debate held for Warner Robins mayoral candidates | Elections |

WARNER ROBINS — The two mayoral candidates left in the race fielded questions for the final time at a Thursday evening debate, taking the total number of debates to an even 10.

The Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce held a debate between Joe Musselwhite, a retired public works director, and Randy Toms, a retired firefighter, at Central Georgia Technical College. The questions were more pointed than previous forums and provided the runoff candidates an opportunity to respond to each other.

Musselwhite and Toms were the top two vote-getters in the November general election, which included six mayoral candidates. The runoff is Dec. 3, and early voting begins Friday.

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In response to a question about how to finally redevelop Commercial Circle after so many years, a flickering of tension could be seen in Musselwhite’s final rebuttal. The question began with Musselwhite.

He said plans for Commercial Circle have been ready, and his priority would be “to pull the trigger” and have crews working on the project his first day in office.

Toms said excitement needs to be developed around the plans for the area, and private parties are interested in helping with the project.

“Most of that area is owned by private individuals,” Musselwhite said in his final 30-second rebuttal, adding none want to help redevelop the area. That is part of the reason redevelopment has been slow, he said.

On a question about how to bring more small businesses to Warner Robins to create jobs, Musselwhite said he would push for tax abatements to give as incentives, and Toms said he would aim to encourage businesses to start where others already exist.

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