Tuesday marks a turning point for me and my family, as I will be sworn in as the mayor of Statesboro.
I wish that I could put into words my feelings as it regards the privilege of service that has been afforded me, but I really can't.
I can't because it is very humbling to have someone make an effort in their day to go and vote for you. It is very humbling for people to stop you on the street to specifically wish you well during your term of service.
It is genuinely humbling to have someone sincerely excited about your being elected.
It makes you realize through all of the cynicism surrounding politics and elected office today, "we" still believe that public service can be meaningful, is fundamentally necessary, and remains the heart of who we are as Americans.
It has also been very heartening to see how many people in our community genuinely care about it, not just for today, but for its future. If they didn't, this particular race wouldn't have generated the buzz that it did. Our community clearly showed that it was open to change, and that adventuresome spirit is what has made us so special over the years.
From securing the First District Agricultural & Mechanical School (now Georgia Southern University) in 1906 to landing one of the best college football coaches of all time in Erk Russell, both residents and leaders of Statesboro and Bulloch County have consistently shown their willingness to "stick their neck out" and take a risk.
Let me just say, I don't look at my being elected as a risk; if so I wouldn't have run. But, I'm sure some voted thinking, "I hope I'm right on this one," and that is certainly OK.
It is with your support and faith that I will take my oath Tuesday with utmost pride to serve as the mayor of Statesboro for the next four years. Thank you for this privilege, because indeed, it is just that.
So, until next time, I bid you au revoir.
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