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    As we approach the runoff election for the mayor of Statesboro, I find myself as a local business owner in a common situation with many other local business owners. I chose to locate my business in the heart of Statesboro because I wanted to invest in downtown and be a part of the vibrant growth that is happening both there and citywide. Over the past several weeks, I have given this more thought and noticed that most of the businesses in the city are owned by people that live outside of the city limits. 
    I have the right to vote in elections from the local level to the national level but I don’t have a say in the city. This situation makes me rely on the residents of Statesboro to go to the polls and vote for the best candidate to represent our city. I must rely on like-minded people that wish to see Statesboro continue to be an example of progressive growth and leadership for the entire Southeast. 
    The city has experienced tremendous growth under the leadership of Mayor Joe Brannen. We have seen good growth that includes residential in-fill development, college housing, and commercial investment in the newly annexed areas of the city. The new mayor of Statesboro must be able to continue the leadership and move us as a community in the right direction. For this reason, I support Jan Moore as the next mayor of Statesboro.
    As the past chairman of both the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority, I have been involved in the planning process that encompasses both city and county. 
    Jan Moore has been involved at the county retreat, which includes every facet of our community coming together to share ideas on the best way to direct our growth to benefit all. Jan has covered the business community for years through her column helping to keep us informed and have our finger on the pulse of the economy. I like to say, “Don’t tell me what you can do, but show me what you can do,” and Jan has done that. Jan Moore is the forward thinking leader that we need to be the face of Statesboro.  
    I challenge every person like myself that has invested in our city but cannot vote to call on friends, family members, and colleagues that live in the City to go to the polls on Tuesday, Dec. 3, and vote Jan Moore for mayor of Statesboro.
Jamey Cartee
Owner, St. Andrews Builders, Inc.

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