Mayor-elect Skip Henderson looks forward to being full-time mayor

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Based off Tuesday night's results, there will be no run-off to determine Columbus' next mayor.

In a six-candidate race, former city councilor Skip Henderson took home the victory, with 56 percent of the votes.

"Working as one vote among 10 has been awesome," he said in his first official interview as mayor-elect, "but I'm really looking forward to going at it full-time as mayor."

Henderson has been serving on the city council for 20 years. More recently, he chaired the city council's budgeting committee. The budget itself has been a hot-button issue, weighing on both constituents and city leaders' minds.

Henderson said his administration will work to "maximize" those resources, with the help of several council members returning to their posts after winning their own races. "[The incumbents] already know the lay of the land," Henderson said. "They know some of these challenges, I think it will help, meeting those challenges, a little bit easier."

Henderson's campaign listed several items he wants to address, including economic development in local businesses - old and new, financial support for public safety and local law enforcement, and the improvement of education in local schools.

Henderson said he plans to set the tone for city government to address the community's concerns.

"One of the things we want to do right off the bat is to set that vision," he said.

Henderson also said he wants to work to include citizens who may feel left out of the growth Columbus has experienced in the last 20 years.

"We want to try and do some healing because there's been some folks, I think, who feel may be not a part of the development and advancement that we've had," he said.

That is why he will also work to win the trust of those voters who may not have selected him Tuesday night, but whom he will still represent.

Henderson will officially step into his new role. succeeding Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, in January 2019.

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