There’s a race to watch that is rapidly developing down in Columbus. Teresa Tomlinson, nearing her first term as Mayor, will face Columbus Chamber Vice President Colin Martin who is leaving his position for the contest. Martin is a life long Columbus resident who will appears to be building a coalition that is frustrated with the Mayor’s lack of hand’s on interaction with Council as well as major stakeholders throughout the city. As a result, the dynamics of this race may fall outside of what we usually see from central casting in these kinds of challenges.
The election day will be May 20th, coinciding with Georgia’s primary date for partisan elections. Zeph Baker, who lost to Tomlinson in 2010, is also plotting another run.
In addition to being well known locally, Martin is well known throughout the State in both Political and Chamber/business circles. As such, he should not only have the local relationships necessary to launch an effective campaign, but also be able to tap a fundraising network that extends well beyond the borders of Muscogee County.
If you’re looking for an interesting race with some upset potential, keep a close eye on this one.