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Shirley Sessions

Mayor, Town of Tybee Island

“The only constant is change… Whether it’s changing from 2021 to 2022 and beyond, the only thing we are sure of is that there will be change. I learned the importance of adapting to this change and making it work in a positive way and recognizing that you can only change yourself. You can only change the way you react to other people and situations. This is something that I hope to do better in 2022.

“In 2020, we were all so excited for the New Years… Then the pandemic happened and everything in our lives changed. We had to realize that we had no control over anything but how we adapt to change and how we accept it. We have learned to embrace change and how we view challenges. Personally, I have learned to see challenges as opportunities. Because that’s what I saw in 2020 and 2021, opportunities that we had to create for ourselves. And in 2022 there will be new disguised opportunities and new challenges. ”

“I look forward to days like this (wonderful day on CoCo’s patio in Lazaretto Creek). I can’t wait to do what I can to encourage people to be positive and instead of focusing on what they don’t have. And I’m a big believer in trying to be the change you want to see. When I hear growls, even on Tybee, I try to encourage people to look at all we have and look beyond the Lazaretto Bridge. What can you do to make Tybee better, to make Savannah better, to make our country better. And sometimes it’s a change in your own attitude.

“I can’t wait to listen to music and be able to listen to live music outdoors and look forward to having lunch with friends and family again and looking forward to traveling again.”

“There is a lot to look forward to! Here on Tybee, we’ll be celebrating our 135th anniversary as a city. I look forward to working with the board, our staff and our residents to plan a big party for Tybee in October. So I look forward to the parades and look forward to the rallies and look forward to having fun again. We’ve taken it for granted for so long and now we’re slowly going back and hopefully 2022 is wide open for fun and festivities, safely celebrated with our new normal.

Van johnson

Mayor, City of Savannah

“I look forward to Savannah finally overcoming COVID and restoring our new normal and can finally evolve in our new environment. I think we have been changed forever. I think hand sanitizer and masking to some extent will forever be a part of our vernacular along with booster shots and vaccinations…… But I also hope we pay more attention to our health and to our safety and I look forward to it. . ”

“From this (pandemic) we’ve learned what Savannah Strong really is. We have seen people do wonderful things, take care of their neighbors and that is what Savannah is all about.

“I look forward to the third year of my first term as mayor. We did some great things in the first couple of years, even in the midst of a pandemic and I just can’t wait to be healthy, stay calm, keep my peace and really move forward. . ”

“And I can’t wait for people to be nicer. I think (because of social media) people have gotten mean and we don’t have to be like that. I think the new seat at our table should be filled with kindness, respect and empathy. And I also hope to add these seats.

Rebecca Benton

Mayor, City of Pooler

“I hope the city will continue to move forward with all of our projects. And that the One Chatham haulage tax will be passed in the spring for necessary road improvement projects. Without it, there won’t be a lot of money to work on road projects. And that the city continues to progress as it has.

“I have been a member of city government for 18 years, 16 on city council and two as mayor and we have the best employees we’ve ever had in Pooler. I hope we can keep these great employees.

“I hope we can all work together. We just need to be united as the United States and to work together for a common goal for all. Most people respect the rights of others… We only see the bad side in some media… ”

“I’m ready to get COVID under control… And I can’t wait to travel again. I planned a trip to the south of France with the South Carolina ETV. I’ve done some of the best trips with ETV and hope COVID is under control (in 2022) and we can travel again. ”

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