Letter to the editor
August 12, 2022
To the citizens of Carter County,
First, let me start by saying THANK YOU to all of you in this fantastic community! Your support of my small business means the world to me. You have shown time and again how the people of this county are tough as nails, plus we take care of our neighbors.
Many have reached out to me wondering why I did not enter the race for County Attorney this election cycle. I’m here to apologize for disappointing many, but there is a good reason. As some of you know, I have some private family matters to focus on, plus my health has been poor off and on these last few years. Though I am making great strides towards my goals, progress can be slow and frustrating when trying to juggle multiple medical issues, kids, and home duties.
Most recently, I was able to convince surgeons to (finally) allow me the opportunity for new knees! (Long story. Let’s have coffee sometime. I’ll tell you all about it. Just know, it’s been about 20 years in the making for this opportunity.)
Now, why am I writing this letter to the editor? It’s because of all of you. I don’t want to be secretive, nor do I want to find out what the gossip mill thinks I am up to. (Believe me, some of the “stories” are mighty fascinating. I never knew I was that talented!) I am sure many of you can relate.
I believe in transparency. I believe in the abilities and talents of the people of Carter County. I think, in an area with very few legal advocates, I have a duty to inform you of my plans for the office. The surgeons tell me, “absolutely no lawyering” for at least 2-4 weeks post-op. Then, it will be a period of rehab and healing before I will be ready to return to work.
Therefore, I must temporarily close my office beginning Monday, August 29, 2022 through the end of the 2022 calendar year. If I am able to reopen sooner, I will let the community know right away. For now, the date is to be announced.
What does this have to do with running for election? A ton! It is likely I will need 1-2 more surgeries (and extensive rehab) over the next few years, which, if I were to win the election, would not bode well for the people of Carter County. I try not to take things on if it will not receive my full attention. It would be too much on my family and I to add an election into the mix. I must focus on my health and running after my kiddos at the park again.
During this medical leave, my phone line will remain open for calls. I’m working closely with my reception team to ensure the lines stay open, people receive appropriate referrals, along with continued access to much-needed resources. No private appointments will be made during this time unless I reach out to you directly to schedule.
In closing, thank you all for the prayers, support, and words of encouragement. My job can be really tough at times, to say the least, but knowing my family and I have a support system in this community makes a heap of difference. Enjoy the upcoming fall season.
Jennifer A. Williams