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City council members Britt, Lewis, Morris to seek re-election

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Posted: July 31, 2007 7:49 p.m.
Updated: August 15, 2007 5:00 a.m.
    All three incumbents of the Statesboro City Council up for re-election this November say they plan to seek to keep their jobs.
    Gary Lewis, John Morris and Will Britt all said they plan to run again to keep their seats on the council and have yet to hear if anyone plans to oppose them.
    Lewis has served since 1998 and says he wants to continue working to bring development to the west side of Statesboro.
    "I've got a real interest in trying to get that area developed," Lewis said. "I want to see better things for that area."
    In addition to the growth of the west side of Statesboro, Lewis said there are still things that he would like to see done before he leaves office, including the renovations of Luetta Moore Park to provide recreation facilities to that area.
    "I want to see a better looking Statesboro and make it a better place for all people in the city," he said.
    Qualifying for the city's election is set for August 27 through August 31 and the last day to register to vote is October 8. Early voting will take place the week of October 29 through November 2 with election day set for November 6. Anyone interesting in running should contact City Hall at (912) 764-5468.
    Outside of Statesboro, no local county or state office holders face elections this year. Offices with elections in 2008 include several Bulloch County commission and school board seats, the sheriff, all state legislators and a Congressional seat.
    Britt, meanwhile, is completing his fourth year as a council member, having won election in 2003. He, like Lewis, said there are still things he'd like to see done, including finding a way to lower the health care costs of the city's employees and protecting the integrity of neighborhoods throughout the city.
    "I think I've been an integral part of a good council," Britt said.
    He also said he thinks he brings a different perspective to the council and helps the other members see things in ways they may not have thought about before.
    Britt also said he's enjoyed working with the other political boards in the county, including the Bulloch County Commission and Board of Education and hopes to be able to continue that in the future.
    Morris, who had no opposition in his previous reelection bid in 2003, said hasn't heard of anyone planning to oppose him this time either, as of yet.
    "I asked (City Clerk) Judy McCorkle if she'd heard anything and she said she hadn't heard of anyone planning to run from my district," Morris said.
    He said he had no personal agenda or items he'd like to see accomplished, but instead said he wants to run as a way to give back to the city.
    "I enjoy the service I'm proving to the community and don't feel like my time is up," he said.
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