Hi, my name is Mark Stephens and for the past year, it has been my honor and privilege to have served as your 2nd District Councilman for the City of Port Wentworth. In my short time on council we have achieved a great many things such as:
- Voting to move City Hall to the North side of town while still providing services for the downtown citizens
- Voting to provide a healthcare plan that raises benefits for city employees and their families while lowering costs
- Voted to lower city property taxes for all Port Wentworth citizens
- Reviewing the contract of a vendor and discovering that the city had never received a performance bond from the vendor. This led for me to request a review of all vendor contracts to ensure compliance.
- Instrumental in the architecture of the 2nd floor council chambers.
- Led the drive to have ALL MEETINGS livestreamed for everyone to view over the internet (with the exception of Executive Session) at the new City Hall.
This aligns with one of my core beliefs that government should be open, transparent, accessible and available to all, not for the few or for the privileged. Livestreaming these meetings let you the citizens know exactly what transpires during these meetings without having to rely on unreliable 3rd party sources. When I took the oath of office, I promised to serve you with the utmost integrity and to make the citizens of Port Wentworth proud. I have done this without reservation or hesitation. By being accessible to you, by going door to door and asking for your input on how to make the city better. On this journey, I had the opportunity to meet and help our friends and neighbors by:
- Meeting with a local family and addressing their concerns over the high speeds some drivers use on Lake Shore Boulevard and their special needs child at play.
- Also having the ability to address the speeding issue on Sandy Point Way by having a speed bump installed after learning that was an issue with speeding drivers on that street.
- Meeting with community members on a Friday evening working to address their concerns over commercial trucks on Pleasant Drive.
- Meeting with an individual to address his concerns over the possible destruction of the wooded area to pave the way for the Rice Hope Expansion.
- Being responsive to concerned citizens over the proposed Greenland rezoning on Hendley Drive.
I am running for re-election for Port Wentworth City Council. I currently represent the citizens of the 2nd District of Port Wentworth and I am very passionate about our community and I’m asking for your vote this November 5th.
Currently I am responsible for securing data and protecting the networks of a multibillion-dollar global aerospace company by performing multiple roles within Information Security. I have more than 20 years in Information Technology with the past 12 years in Information Security. I also hold degrees in Information Security and Assurance from Kennesaw State University and in Criminal Justice from Atlanta Metropolitan College. I also hold Information Technology certifications from International Information System Security Certification Consortium (aka (ISC)2) and Palo Alto Networks.
While in school, some of my internships included working in the Criminal Division for the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs (now the Georgia Attorney General’s Office), The Weather Channel (with the real Jim Cantore) and WTLK-TV14 (during one of Neal Boortz’s forays into Television).
It has been a great honor to serve as a councilman for the past year and with your support I hope to continue to serve as your councilman for the City of Port Wentworth. Being a member of this body has been both an honor and a reward as during this past year I have been privileged to work with a group of individuals who are committed to help the city take advantage of the opportunities of the 21st century. We have worked together to help the city grow smartly, transparently with accountably to you. My opponent has been attempting to make the race about me, about Fred Williams or about Thomas Barbee. The fact is that the race isn’t about neither of us or is it about him. The race is about you and where do you want this city to be in the next 20-50 years…