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If elected, Boyum pledges to 'Do Right'

If elected, Boyum pledges to 'Do Right'

If elected, Boyum pledges to 'Do Right'


Editor's Note: This is the first in a series profiling the four candidates for the Statesboro City Council District 1 special election.

Borrowing from the philosophy of legendary Georgia Southern football coach Erk Russell, Statesboro City Council District 1 hopeful Phil Boyum is campaigning on a simple promise: to "Do Right."
Russell made the mantra his only team rule when guiding upstart Eagles programs in the early 1980s; Boyum says he has made it a phrase to live and lead by.
"I hope the public realizes that when I put ‘Do Right' on my signs and say it when speaking to people in neighborhoods, it really is a philosophy I try to live by every day - not just as a potential councilman," Boyum said. "It is a philosophy that is good for the City of Statesboro and the citizens of District 1. I truly want to do what is best for the people of our community."
Boyum, 42, is part of a four-man race to represent District 1 on the Statesboro City Council.
He will face Per Holtze, Maurice Jackson and Jonathan McCollar on ballots in the Nov. 6 special election for the seat left vacant by Tommy Blitch, who resigned in August.
A marketing consultant/radio voice at Georgia Eagle Media radio stations and former Statesboro Herald reporter in charge of covering City Council, Boyum hopes to join a group of leaders he has seen conduct business for several years - since moving to Statesboro from Texas.
"Over the past five years, I've attended more than 100 City Council meetings, budget hearings and work sessions, so I don't need on-the-job training. As someone who has been the ‘eyes and ears' of the community, I am committed to an open and transparent City Council," Boyum said. "I'm running for council because the people have been looking for an approachable candidate who has consistently shown that he puts the welfare and best interests of the citizens of the district and the City of Statesboro before special interests."
Boyum is the father of one - an 8-year-old son - and says he enjoys reading and spending time with friends and loved ones.
In recent years, he was awarded a Georgia Associated Press Story of the Year Award for coverage of the Statesboro City Council and named to the Herald's 20 Under 40 Class of 2010.
Boyum has volunteered with the Unified Land Development Committee, Safe Haven, Downtown Statesboro Development Authority, Keep Bulloch Beautiful and the Averitt Center for the Arts.
"I've always wanted to live in the comfort of a small town with large town amenities, and Statesboro was the answer to those prayers. With features like Georgia Southern University, Splash in the Boro, the Averitt Center, events downtown and at Mill Creek Park, a wide variety of restaurants, low traffic and high quality schools, Statesboro is a great place to raise my family and that we are proud to call home," Boyum said.
In what is his first foray into the political arena, Boyum says he plans to take on a council seat as a nonpartisan candidate with "no hidden agenda."
"We need fresh ideas and a fresh approach, as the citizens I talk to in the district are tired of hearing, ‘That's just how things are done in Statesboro.' We need a common-sense councilman who is not a professional politician nor is aligned with the interests of other councilmen," Boyum said. "As I walk the district and talk to voters one on one, I continually hear concerns over neighborhood integrity, economic development, increasing costs of government and, frankly, just cutting the grass and keeping the city looking clean. As your councilman, I pledge to make sure the city is using existing tax dollars conservatively and efficiently, and I'll make sure we consider the needs of existing neighborhoods while continuing to improve our community with smart development decisions."
The ever-growing Georgia Southern University and an injection of business have prompted economic expansion in Statesboro in recent years. Boyum said he would like to see the trend continue.
"The city needs to reach out to the leadership in Bulloch County and make the industrial park on I-16 and Highway 301 happen. Considering the Savannah port deepening project will be completed in 2014 and with so many other communities located on the interstate, it is imperative that we work together as a community to bring additional industry and well-paying jobs to Statesboro to help support our local businesses and retailers," he said. "As a marketing consultant for Statesboro radio stations, it is in my best interest and the best interests of all citizens in District 1, the City of Statesboro, and all of Bulloch County to see the business community continue to grow. I'd like to see the number of new businesses expand, and I'd like to see our existing local businesses become more prosperous. And I'd like to see all the area's major groups work well together to move forward and improve our community for all its citizens."

Jeff Harrison may be reached at (912) 489-9454.



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