Incumbent Gary Lewis is opposed by three challengers for the District 2 seat: Sam Jones, Donald Logan and Lance Turner. We are confident any one of the three would be a better councilman than Lewis by any standard.
One candidate, however, stands out: Lance Turner.
An entrepreneur who operates his own business - Eagles Nest Learning Center - Turner may have the least life experiences among the challengers, but he exhibits the greatest grasp on the issues and the most energy and enthusiasm for making Statesboro a better place to live.
During Thursday night's forum, Turner made it clear he would be willing to get involved directly with the residents of District 2. He emphasized the importance of creating a new generation of leaders in his district and Statesboro to build on the legacy of improving quality of life in the city as previous generations have done.
On the most basic grass roots level, Turner sees no water fountain near the basketball courts at Luetta Moore Park as a detail he would work to remedy as a councilman. A minor issue, no doubt, but it is one that makes a difference to young people playing on a 99-degree July day.
Turner advocates continuing building a strong relationship with Georgia Southern University, which we believe is beneficial to all. He would look closely at earmarking some SPLOST funds to development a multipurpose venue downtown, which is another good idea we support the council and county to further study the potential economic benefit.
In helping increase both small and large business development in District 2 and the city, Turner proposes outreach to make everyone aware of the resources and incentives available to help them get started. He championed the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority, the Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Southern's City Campus as entities willing to assist anyone interested in starting or expanding a business.
We believe Lance Turner can bring a fresh perspective and fresh ideas to the city council. We believe despite his youth and inexperience, he will work hard to understand issues presented to the council and he will contribute well-thought out opinions and suggestions. We believe he will be responsive to all his constituents and work well with fellow council members.
The Statesboro Herald recommends Lance Turner for the District 2 seat on the Statesboro City Council.