For those of you who don't know, two weeks ago I announced my intent to run for mayor of Statesboro and filed the necessary paperwork with the city Monday to do so.
I am extremely excited about campaigning for the office and sharing my vision for this wonderful city going forward. However, with that commitment, I knew that I would not be able to continue writing the weekly feature business article in Tuesday's business section.
The article about Farmers & Merchants Bank will be my last for the duration of the election cycle and maybe permanently depending on the results. I will continue to write my weekly column.
I have been writing these articles week in and week out for almost 10 years, and it has been a tremendous source of pleasure for me. As a wife and a mother, I know the excitement, pride, and joy that I feel when I talk about my children and my husband.
I have seen that same joy and excitement in the faces of business owners and professionals that I have interviewed over the years as they talk about their companies, their organizations, and their staff as if they were family. It rejuvenates me every week knowing the quality and caliber of business owners that make up our community.
One question that has been asked of me consistently over the years is "how do you keep finding stuff to write about?" Simply, the business community in Statesboro and Bulloch County has remained dynamic over the last decade making this part of my job fairly easy, and the business community has also been very open in sharing their stories with the Statesboro Herald.
I have no reason to believe that that is going to change. So, I wish my successor Al Hackle the best of luck as he serves as the next business feature writer.
In closing, I would like to say that this aspect of my job with the Statesboro Herald has afforded me an inside look into the heart of this community, and I will miss it terribly. It has been my sincere pleasure to have served in this capacity, and I have considered it an honor to be given your trust over the last 10 years. You have made me feel like your extended family, and for that, I will be forever grateful.
So, until next Tuesday, I bid you au revoir.
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