On Wednesday, September 25, Post 1-At Large candidate Charlie Scott was interviewed by the Macon Telegraph and told the newspaper that he wants to target completing the city’s planned sports complex, provide better transportation options for Warner Robins and assist with the city's Air Force Base along with the 21st Century Partnership to prepare for a potential Base Realignment and Closure Commission.
In mid-May, a meeting was held in Warner Robins among 'stakeholders' in an effort to exactly explain how a Base Realignment and Closure works.
WMGT-TV had interviewed members of Robins Air Force Base for their thoughts about the possibility of base realignment at Robins Air Force Base in 2015.
Base Realignment and Closure (or BRAC) is a process of the United States federal government directed at the administration and operation of the Armed Forces, used by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and Congress to close excess military installations and realign the total asset inventory to reduce expenditures on operations and maintenance, aimed at achieving increased efficiency in line with Congressional and DoD objectives.
Scott is one of four candidates in this contest and the only progressive Democrat running for this at-large seat.
Scott, 71, is just one of a handful of African-Americans in Houston County who has decided to run for local office.
Only one African-American, Daron Lee, currently sits on the Warner Robins City Council. However, Lee is is now running for the office of mayor.
Scott qualified for office back in August and is a first-time candidate. He has reiterated his desire to create more recreational activities for the youth of the Warner Robins community.
The city had recently purchased nearly 65 acres of land at North Houston and Elberta roads for the purpose of building a new sports complex.
Scott tells the Telegraph the following:
Scott retired as a city firefighter with the rank of lieutenant after serving for more than 30 years. He also served some as an emergency room technician for Houston Medical Center for more than three decades.
Depending on turnout, the November 5 election could go to a runoff. However, if progressive Democrats are motivated to vote, Scott could surprise many in November in this at-large race and potentially win it outright.
Warner Robins has become more diverse by the decade with non-whites (African-Americans, Hispanics and other races) comprising one-half of Warner Robins city population of approximately 68,000.
There are twelve Warner Robins-based voting locations or precincts in Warner Robins. The number to the left (as of June 2013) shows how many registered voters in each precinct.
6,631 Feagin Mill Middle School
5,222 Houston County Career Academy
3,615 W.R. Recreation Dept.
3,318 Elberta Center
3,102 Northside Middle School
2,603 Houston Mall
2,546 Ted Wright Memorial Park Bldg.
2,500 Northside Elementary School
2,198 Houston County High School
2,101 Quail Run Elementary School
1,928 Miller Elementary School
1,775 Northside High School
If Scott is able to get a large turnout in half of the aforementioned precincts such as Elberta Center, Northside Middle and High School and the Recerational Department, it could get very interesting for the first-time candidate trying to win an at-large seat.