Dear Friends, Family, and Supporters:
After much prayer and discernment, I am dropping out of the race for Nebraska City School Board. This week I submitted a form with County Clerk, Janene Bennett, removing my name from contention from the upcoming election. I have come to realize that I will not have the time or energy to devote to this responsibility and I can still be effective in the support of our education system and in the community by ending my candidacy.
I know that I was not assured a seat on the board, but I wanted to either be all in or not. This decision did not come lightly. I currently serve with the wonderful people of First Presbyterian Church- Nebraska City, my full time job and I have two small children. I am, also, one of the co-founders of theNebraska City Youth Collective (a Christian Youth Group for middle and high school students). I serve as the Vice President of the Nebraska City Ministerial Association, the Secretary for the Nebraska City Youth Soccer Club Board; I serve on two different committees within my Presbytery (regional church), and this summer I was elected to a position on a committee for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (national church), I also coach my son’s U6 soccer team and volunteer with my children’s school.
With all my prior commitments and wanting to maintain focus on the people at First Presbyterian Church, as well as, devoting quality time to my family, I do not feel that I could commit the time needed to serve in the role of School Board Member effectively or efficiently. I will still be an active member of our community. I will still work with the teachers, principals, staff, parents, and students to do my part to help support them to provide the best educational opportunities available and I will continue to support the work of the School Board and its members when and if I can.
I intend to continue to be a vocal and active parent, board member, citizen, and pastor. I would like to thank all of those that put up signs in their yard, voted for me in the primary, liked my facebook page, and gave me words of encouragement when I saw you around town. If you still have a sign, please feel free to email or call me and I will come pick it up or if you would like to drop it off at my office at First Presbyterian Church (1005 First Corso) I would greatly appreciate it.
Finally, I want to thank my church, my family, and all in Nebraska City who encouraged me to toss my hat in the ring. I also want to thank my family for their support and encouragement as I make this tough decision.
Rev. Greg Bolt