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Tomlinson, Baker plan to run for mayor in 2014

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

We asked and she answered - Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson says that she is planning to run for re-election in 2014. She's not the only one returning to the polls; 2010 mayoral candidate Zeph Baker, who faced Tomlinson in a run-off, announced that he too plans to run again.

Call it Déjà vu. This time next year both Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and Zeph Baker will go head to head again.

"I've said from the beginning I intended to run for two terms - the one I'm currently severing and one other," Mayor Tomlinson said. 

"I've been getting a considerable amount of calls from a diverse group of supports," Zeph Baker said. 

After losing to Mayor Tomlinson with a difference of 36% of the vote in 2010, Baker says that he and his campaign team never stopped working after the election and are ready now more than ever to claim the mayor seat.

"I think a lot of misinformation was put out that others were able to capitalize off of," Baker said. 

We asked Mayor Tomlinson if she feels like she has fulfilled her duties that she had set forth.
 
"Well, I have to say when you talk about a city the size of Columbus, Georgia there is always something else to be done. But with that I have to say that I have been very pleasantly surprised that we have accomplished as much as we have," she said. 

Still, the mayor says her administration is plowing through. Tomorrow they will host what has been one of her most successful outreach programs... 'Lets Talk with The Mayor', which is scheduled to be held Thursday night from 6:00PM - 7:30PM in Liberty Hill Baptist Church.

"If you never address citizens, if you don't give them the opportunity to have a one-on-one with the mayor then all of that frustration builds up inside," Tomlinson said. 

Tomlinson said that so far the toughest issues she has had to tackle is the ongoing budget challenges with city agencies. While she says it's a difficult task, she is sure they will find a suiting resolution.

Baker says he's ready for his turn to sit at the helm of the fountain city and work alongside citizens to create a better Columbus.

"Its really not a matter of me wanting to do it again more so than me wanting to serve my community," Baker said. 

Campaign season is not expected to start until January of 2014.

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