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Sam Jones

Sam Jones

For 27 years Sam Jones served his country through working with the National Guard. Now, he hopes to serve the citizens of Statesboro from a seat within City Hall.
Jones, 51, has lived in Statesboro’s District 2 for 30 years and hopes, this November, to be the man representing his community on Statesboro’s City Council, replacing incumbent Gary Lewis. 
  Currently an independent life insurance salesman, Jones will seek a position on council for a second time – he ran in 2003 – by joining three others in a race for the council’s only contested seat.
“I think I can be a better servant for the people,” Jones said. “I think there is a need for a council member that can communicate with the citizens. It seems as though some officials are not doing what the people want.”
A graduate of Statesboro High School, Jones said he has been an active member of the community for many years, volunteering with Bulloch County Habitat for Humanity and as a baseball coach.
“Statesboro is home,” he said. “It’s a place of traditional values, with friends and family – a place with people with integrity.”
Jones said he is eager, and capable, to take on the challenges presented by holding office.
“I am not afraid to work. Through my years in the military I’ve become a hard worker and can get along with a variety of people,” he said. “I believe people should vote for me because I am a hard working individual, a family man with integrity, and native to Statesboro.”
According to Jones, his primary concern is “bridging a gap between the city’s officials and the community.”
“A specific issue is being accountable to the people of Statesboro and the people of District 2,” he said. “As well being accessible and better stewards when it comes to handling the people’s money.”
In addition to “providing effective and responsive leadership,” Jones said he hopes council will re-examine some of its ordinances.
“I would like us to review the current city ordinances in an attempt to become more business-friendly,” he said. “That way, we can attract businesses that provide people with jobs.”
A focus on drawing new business to town, according Turner, could result in a bright future for the city.
Eventually, “I see Statesboro growing and becoming one of the top metropolitan cities in the state of Georgia,” he said.

Donald Logan

After a pair of failed runs at office more than two decades ago, Rev. Donald Logan is hoping persistence pays off.
Logan, who received too few votes to win a City Council seat in 1986, and again for a mayoral position in 1990, will toss his hat into the ring for a third time come November, joining a four-horse race to become the representative of Statesboro’s second district.
The 74-year-old Logan believes there “is vast room for improvement” in the city he calls home, as he vies to replace Gary Lewis, who has represented District 2 since 1998.
The pastor, a retired member of the United States Army, has resided in District 2 for 27 years.
According to Logan, his renewed pursuit of a council seat can be attributed to the desire for having a major impact on the future of Statesboro and his district.
“I would like to become a vital part of filling that ‘vast room for improvement,” said Logan. “Ten years ago, I saw Statesboro one day being in the strata of Savannah. Now, I am ready to help create that growth.”
“In the 28 years I have resided in the City of Statesboro, I have openly worked for the restoration of historical venues, and suggested plans for expansion of cultural areas of the city and county without the knowledge of political or inner circle mandates,” he said. “I believe I could do so much more, and a more proficient job, with the appropriate credentials, authority and commission. As a member of the City Council I would not have to ‘guess’ at what needed to be done. I would not have to make the mistake of over stepping my bounds.”
Logan said he would encourage council to focus on issues that he feels are most important. Issues that include: “education, crime and deterrents, equal opportunity, justice and equality, open recognition of divinity and a deeper respect for God and Godliness.”
Logan asserts that the council could use a change in philosophy, and he would like to lead the charge.
“The City Council could be more attentive to the needs of the community aspect of city living,” he said. “Currently the emphasis seems to be financially dictated, with only minor consideration of commonwealth orientation.”
“I would focus on consolidation of district assets, liabilities, and stress the equalization of municipal responsibilities,” he said. “I would focus on resources – i.e., equally disbursed taxation, communication, infrastructure advancement, and innovative enterprise programs – as well as balance the burden for all levels of income recipients, consider the hardship of low income residents, provide compatible occupational opportunity for everyone and maintain law and order.”
But for all his aspirations, Logan’s thoughts will be moot if his third campaign doesn’t prove the charm.
“I believe the citizens of Statesboro should vote for me in November because I am genuinely one of them,” he said. “I am their neighbor.”

Lance Turner

As a coach with Statesboro High School’s track and field Team, Lance Turner is accustomed to watching his students race toward their goals.
But this fall, as a Nov. 8 date for city elections nears, it will be Turner doing all of the running.
The 27-year-old Turner, who also owns and operates Eagle’s Nest Learning Center, is one of four men vying for a seat on City Council to represent Statesboro’s second district and unseat incumbent Gary Lewis.
An alumnus of Georgia Southern University, where he was a member of the Eagle football team and graduated in 2007 with concentrations in education, coaching and communication, Turner said he is proud of the city he hopes to lead.
“During my college years, I fell in love with Statesboro because of the aesthetics and the friendly community,” he said. “In addition, the blossoming economy and the combination of the senior and youth populations, make it enjoyable to live here.”
“Statesboro's government is dictated by great leaders and policy makers,” Turner said. “However, as with many cities, some change would be a fresh start for the people who call the city home.”
Turner, who said being a positive influence to young people through coaching and the learning center are his greatest accomplishments, hopes a position on council will allow him to improve Statesboro as a whole.
“Running for a city council seat will afford me the opportunity to better my community and those communities around me,” Turner said. “By placing an emphasis on the youth and their education, this will better the city’s chances for producing less poverty stricken households, thus providing positive additions to our society.”
“A better equipped student equals a smarter graduate; smarter graduates are great assets to the work-force; and a better work-force equals a flourishing economy,” he said.
Turner said he would like to see a stronger emphasis placed on retaining graduates of local schools “to live, work and develop business interests within the Statesboro community.”
He said hopes to create a renewed focus on education, and senior and youth activities, as well as promote “re-examination and development of financially and educationally depressed areas within the City of Statesboro.”
Turner said he believes, with fresh ideas and a strong work ethic, he can help the city thrive and grow.
“Statesboro is already a great place to live. I know that with time, the citizens of Statesboro will have a chance to see their city flourish through new economic developments, community outreach programs, and the continuous growth of partnerships with educational institutions such as Georgia Southern University, Ogeechee Technical College, and East Georgia College,” he said.
“Statesboro, as well as most of the country, has seen a slowing of its growth and experienced the loss of some businesses. The degree of this loss is far less than a lot of cities with a similar population size as Statesboro.  I envision Statesboro having a significant and steady growth in new business startups and home development over the next ten years. I see a great opportunity for the city to draw in people who are completing their education in our community to pursue their goals.”

Jeff Harrison can be reached at (912) 489-9454.

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