Daron Lee elected to Warner Robins city council
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- With 52 percent of the vote, Daron Lee was elected to the Warner Robins city Council Tuesday night, beating out competitor Eric Langston. Lee is also the first black man elected to an at-large city council seat in Warner Robins history.
Daron Lee won 1281 of the votes, while Langston won 1146 of the votes in the runoff election.
He will be filling the city council post 1 at large seat in Warner Robins. It was the only seat left vacant after the Nov. 7 election, which reelected mayor Randy Toms and councilman Keith Lauritsen.
Tuesday's race was very close and left Lee feeling a sense of relief when it was over.
"I'm exhausted mentally and physically but I am so enthused. I'm enthused but I'm excited for the citizens of Warner Robins, I really am," said Lee.
Lee also said he feels blessed that the city as a whole voted him in.
"Because I represent the entire city and that's what it's all about, making everyone feel who is part of Warner Robins that they do have a voice," he said.
Lee's opponent Eric Langston congratulated him right after the results were posted.
"My first run at public office and I gave it everything I had. I wish Mr. Lee well. I think he's going to be a great addition to city council," said Langston.
Only six percent of eligible voters came out to vote in the runoff election.
Lee said he tried to individually connect with people during the campaign and said he wants to be a stable force on the council.