A Bulloch County public schools psychologist and Statesboro Herald business editor announced that she will run for mayor of Statesboro.
Jan Moore is the first to announce interest in the position.
"Our youngest child is a senior at Statesboro High School this year, and will be going to college next fall,” Moore said. “For the first time since our children were born, I will have time to devote to public service. The revitalization and continuing development of Statesboro and Bulloch County has always been a passion and concern of mine as is evidenced by what I have written over the years."
Current Mayor Joe Brannen said recently that he is undecided about whether he would seek a second term. Before being elected in 2009 after his only opponent withdrew on the final day of qualifying, Brannen served 11 years as the District 4 representative on City Council. He was nominated as mayor pro tem in 2001 and 2006.
Two other council seats — Districts 1 and 4 — are also up for election this year. Phil Boyum (District 1) and John Riggs (District 4) both say they plan to run for re-election.
The qualifying period for all three seats is Aug. 26-30.
Moore said she has the support of both of her employers to run for mayor.
Jim Healy, the operations manager for the Herald, expressed his support for Moore.
"I've worked with Jan for almost 10 years and she has earned my respect for her professionalism and thanks for helping launch the Herald's business section in 2004," he said. "I also consider Jan a friend. I believe she would be a great mayor. She would represent the best interests of all citizens in making Statesboro a better place to live, work and do business."
Bulloch County Schools Superintendent Charles Wilson sent an email to the school board Friday letting them know that he supports Moore’s decision.
“Ms. Moore is a consummate professional who is dedicated to our students and her job with the Bulloch County School System, so I am not concerned about her ability or intentions,” Wilson said in the email.
“We are very fortunate to have leaders such as this in our school system, who are willing to make that additional personal sacrifice to serve our community,” he added later in the email. “Statesboro is a major component of the economic engine that runs this region, so strong leadership is important.”
Moore, 51, is a Statesboro native. She moved to Athens to attend the University of Georgia, where she received a bachelor’s degree in economics. She lived and worked in Florida for several years before returning to the Statesboro area in 2003. She has worked for the Herald since then and has worked as a school psychologist in Emanuel, Bryan and Bulloch counties. She is currently a behavior intervention specialist with the Bulloch County district.
She also has master’s and education specialist’s degrees in school psychology from Georgia Southern University.
"I see what makes our community so great, and want to protect and build on that,” she said. “To me, our community is facing important and exciting times as we continue to grow as a true regional hub of education, health care, and shopping. We need to be cognizant and respectful of our past as we move forward. I want to be a constructive part of that move forward. I want to give back to the community that has given so much to me, my family, and the generations of my family that have lived here before me."
As for balancing two jobs with being mayor, should she be elected, Moore said she has experience at balancing two jobs with being a parent and doing volunteer work.
“I am going to take away some time needed to devote to family and devote to (being mayor),” she said. “I will continue the balancing act.”
Jason Wermers may be reached at (912) 489-9431.