Dec. 1 – Warner Robins, GA Mayoral Runoff
Not all upcoming elections are flashy and in high profile parts of the country, but these races are just as important. In Warner Robins, Georgia, a city of 50,000 people smack in the middle of the state, two candidates named Chuck are running against each other. Chuck Chalk and Chuck Shaheen are running against each other.
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This race is made interesting by the history of the city itself and by the local issues that are driving the campaign. Most people, including myself, know nothing about this city.
Perhaps the most interesting piece of information is that the motto of the city of Warner Robins is “EDIMGIAFAD”. This stands for Every Day In Middle Georgia Is Armed Forces Appreciation Day. The city is home to Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, an important base for the Air Force and the city was named after a Brigadier General during World War II.
Governor Sonny Perdue is a native to the city and it produced the Little League World Champions in 2007.
Worrying many in this race is the possibility that this military base will be shut down if more budget cuts are necessary. The two men, Chalk and Shaheen, recently debated ways to keep the base open – and keep the 21,000 workers at the base from losing their jobs. To read about the debate, click here.
Chuck Chalk is a retired Air Force officer and continues to work at Robins Air Force Base as a civilian. Click here for his website. Chuck Shaheen made his career in the pharmaceutical industry and serves as the Warner Robins High School chaplain as well as an as the honorary commander to Robins AFB. Click here for his website.