Last week outgoing State Senator Don Balfour issued a press release thanking the people of the 9th Senate district for allowing him to serve.
ATLANTA (October 8, 2014) | Sen. Don Balfour (R- Snellville) has released the following statement regarding his time in the Georgia State Senate:
“For the past 22 years, it has been a great honor to represent the people of Gwinnett. I have lived and worked in our community and state due to my strong belief that Georgia is, and will continue to be, the best state in the country to live, learn, work and raise a family,” said Sen. Balfour. “My time in the Senate provided me with many fond memories, whether passing legislation on the Senate floor, interacting with my constituents or watching Georgia Gwinnett College blossom into the great institution it is today.
Throughout my tenure at the Capitol, you have become friends, colleagues, advisors, teachers and confidants; this is a blessing that I do not take lightly. I fully realize the great opportunity I have been awarded in serving you, and am truly appreciative to have the chance to get to know each and every one of you. Being entrusted as your state senator to represent the values that we believe make this country the best country in the world is one of my proudest accomplishments. The core values of family, faith, free markets and small government combined with the strong will of working Americans will ensure our future success as a country and state. Thank you for two decades of meaningful relationships and a chance to work on your behalf, for the government is nothing without the voice of its people. Teddy Roosevelt once said:
‘It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat’.
I thank you for the chance to be your representative in the arena.”
Senator Balfour did a lot of good things for Gwinnett County, which many people in our county recognize. Georgia Gwinnett College, mentioned in his statement, currently serves over 11,000 students and would not exist if not for the efforts of Don Balfour. Before serving in the Senate, he was Chairman of the Gwinnett County Republican Party, a thankless position I also held before being elected to the House. I wish Senator Balfour well in his future endeavors and hope he stays involved in the Gwinnett community.