Longtime Statesboro businessman Jasper “Jappy” Stringer announced Wednesday he intends to qualify to run for seat 2C of the Bulloch County Commission.
The seat will be vacated by commissioner Roy Thompson, who recently announced he will not seek re-election to that seat, but will instead run for Bulloch County Commission chairman, a position that will be vacated by current chairman Garrett Nevil, who intends to retire effective Dec. 31.
Former owner of Stringer Chevron, his family operated the Fair Road service station for 45 years before selling the property to a convenience store company.
He said he “hopes to contribute to the betterment of the community and continue to make Bulloch County a great place to live and thrive.”
Stringer was “born and raised in Statesboro and graduated from Statesboro High School in 1974,” he said. He attended Georgia Southern College while also working for the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department. Later, he went to work for his father in the family business, taking over in 1985,
He and wife, Emily, provided customer service in vehicle care for over 30 years and understands “the importance of listening to customers; taking the time to help them whether they are stranded on the side of the road or simply need help pumping their gas,” he said.
After the June 2015 sale of the Stringer Chevron location, “I felt like I was headed in a new direction,” he said. “I think the Lord led me. I felt like I was going to do something different, and when I saw (the commission seat 2C) was available, I knew what it was.”
If elected, Stringer doesn’t have any specific agenda, except to do his part to keep Bulloch County “going in a good direction,” he said. “It is a good place to live and I want to be a part of keeping it that way.”
Stringer said he enjoys helping others, and hopes to help work with other commissioners on improving the county’s dirt roads, if elected. He said citizens have already approached him on that topic.
While running his business full-time, Stringer also worked part-time with Statesboro Fire Department for 27 years and Bulloch County Rescue for 35 years. He also volunteered during his personal time.
He was a member of the Georgia Association of Petroleum Retailers for over 20 years and was an active volunteer with Bulloch County 4H. While serving as president of the Volunteer Association for Bulloch County 4H, he also spent time coaching the county’s BB and shotgun teams, he said.
Stringer serves on the board of Luke’s Project 11, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving future leaders in the community. He is a past recipient of the Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Award.
He is an active member of the Statesboro First Baptist Church and Searchers Sunday School Class. He said he has a “strong Christian faith” and attributes that to his Married to Emily Waters Stringer, the couple has two children; Jason Stringer and Katie Page and is the proud grandfather of Wilton and Finley Page. He has one brother, Ricky Stringer and is the son of the late Bobby and Betty Stringer.
“I hope to use my knowledge of running a successful business and working with the public and community to aid in serving as commissioner,” he said. “If elected commissioner, I very much look forward to serving the citizens of Bulloch County.”
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.