Opinion: Stevens seeks support in run for Brandon position

Hello, Brandon voters,
My name is Sara Johnston Stevens and I am asking for your vote on March 4 for the position of Brandon’s town clerk/treasurer. Some of you may know me from my years of working at First Brandon Bank or currently at the Brandon branch of Heritage Family Credit Union while others may remember me because of my late parents, Tom and Nancy Johnston (former Brandon police chief and Neshobe School para-educator); for those of you who don’t know me, please allow me this opportunity to tell you a little about myself.
Being raised in Brandon, I am excited for the opportunity to be able to serve my community and be more involved with this great town. Recently at the candidates’ forum I was asked why I wanted to be the next town clerk/treasurer. The answer to me is simple: because I love working with and helping people.
I have served the town of Brandon for over 20 years working in financial services and have volunteered with our local recreation department on many occasions. As with banking, town clerks/treasurers are responsible for understanding and adhering to strict policies and procedures. I feel my experience will allow me an easier transition to this position if elected.
In my current position as assistant branch manager at HFCU, I am responsible for company-wide training as well as developing procedures to help automate and streamline our daily process. While my ability to connect and communicate with all kinds of personalities is one of my greatest strengths, I also take great pride in providing exceptional customer service while maintaining strict confidentiality. I am confident that my ability to communicate and problem solve, as well as my patience, creativity, strong organizational skills and attention to detail will be an asset not only to the position but also to our town. 
If elected, I can promise you longevity to the position, to bring energy, enthusiasm, professionalism, humor and a commitment that I will serve the town of Brandon with great pride, heart and soul.
I hope you will take into consideration my commitment to our town and all I can offer as our new town clerk/treasurer.
Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing at the voting polls.
Sara Johnston Stevens

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