Florence attorney George Jebaily announced his candidacy for the Florence City Council at-large seat on March 14, in the presence of around 50 supporters at Poynor Adult Education Center. Terry Alexander spoke for the occasion, lending his support to the campaign. George, along with his parents and brothers, moved to Florence in 1963. After attending Southside Junior High School and graduating from West Florence High School in 1974, where he served as student body president, Jebaily pursued higher education at the University of South Carolina for both his undergraduate degree and his law degree. He then practiced law in Columbia for two years before returning to Florence in 1984 and joining with his brother, Ronald, at Jebaily Law Firm. He resides in Florence with Debbie, his wife of 23 years, and their two children: Kayla, a junior at Clemson University, and Kirk, a junior at Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School. Since 1995, Jebaily has been a leader in the efforts to redevelop Downtown Florence. He served as chairman of the “Florence 2010” committee, which was responsible for the oversight of creating a community vision and Master Plan for Downtown Florence. He also helped found the Florence Downtown Development Corporation (FDDC), which is responsible for working with the City of Florence and overseeing the implementation of the downtown redevelopment Master Plan, and served as chairman of the board of the FDDC from its’ inception until 2009. Jebaily also served as chairman of the FDDC’s Downtown Master Plan Update Committee, which oversaw the development of the revised Downtown Master Plan that was adopted by Florence City Council in 2011. He has served as the chairman of the South Carolina Pecan Festival Committee, from its’ inception over 10 years ago until the present, which has brought over 50,000 people to Downtown Florence for each of the last five festivals. In addition to his work with Downtown Florence redevelopment, Jebaily has spent the greater part of his adult life serving on many different boards and commissions. He currently serves as a board member of the South Carolina Arts Alliance, a state-wide organization in support of the South Carolina Arts Commission. He previously served as a two-term president of the Florence Little Theatre Board of Directors and served on the Arts Alive Committee for over 15 years. Jebaily has also worked with the youth of our community, serving as a coach on various local sports teams, working with the cub scouts and the boy scouts, serving as a middle school and high school mock trial attorney-coach, and serving on the School Board for St. Anthony Catholic School. He also served on the board of Carolina Regional Legal Services Corp, helping the indigent gain access to legal services. These experiences, he says, brought him in contact with Florentines from all walks of life. Jebaily referred to some of the key points in his campaign, which he said will utilize active listening to hear the concerns of the community and apply a “can do” approach to addressing the needs of the community. While discussing the need to continue implementation of the Downtown Florence Master Plan, Jebaily discussed the urgent need of neighborhood redevelopment as critical for the future of the city. Referring to his past experience and leadership, Jebaily stated that in order for Downtown Florence to reach its’ full potential, the neighborhoods surrounding downtown must be revitalized and stabilized. Additionally, Jebaily talked about the need to move forward with annexation in order to continue the growth of Florence, and referred to the East Florence Airport Corridor as one underdeveloped area of Florence in need of future development. Jebaily may be contacted at Jebaily Law Firm at 843-667-0400.