Callahan running for city council

Brandy Callahan is running for Borger City Council, Place Two.She has lived in Borger her whole life except for a few years in college. She said she chose to stay in Borger for several reasons.“First, all of my family lives here, second it’s a great place to raise my children and establish roots, and third, Borger is a community with a lot of wonderful people,” Callahan said. “It is a community with the most caring and giving people that I have ever met.”She has owned Simply Pampered since 2004. She is a licensed massage therapist, a licensed massage therapy instructor, a certified medical massage practitioner, and a continuing education provider for the State of Texas in the field of massage therapy.Callahan is currently the survivor chair and luminary chair on the Hutchinson County Relay For Life Committee. She also has served as the team captain for the Healing Hands relay team for three years. She has formerly served as a board member for three years on the HC3 board, served two years as a board member of the Panhandle Association of Massage Professionals, and served as the president of the Borger Downtown Merchants Association for four years. She is a member of the Borger Chamber of Commerce and has been for six years.“In March of 2009, I was honored with the Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Elks Lodge for my continued service and leadership in the community,” Callahan said.Since opening her business, she has received several honors from the Cambridge Who’s Who including Who’s Who Among Entrepreneurs, Who’s Who Among Executive and Professional Women In Business, and Who’s Who Among Massage Therapy Professionals.She said she is running for the Borger City Council first and foremost because she is passionate about Borger.“If you don’t have passion about your community, you can’t see the potential that it has to offer its citizens,” Callahan said. “Second, I am hard-working and willing to go above and beyond what is required to get the job done.”She said her grandma always taught her that being average was okay, but being the best at what you do is unforgettable.Third, she said she feels she has a genuine connection to the people of Borger. She said due to her involvement with the various civic, non-profit, and business organizations, she is networked with a wide range of people and has a greater understanding of the people in the community.“It is very important to be able to relate to the citizens in Borger so that you can see what needs to be done to make our community better for everyone,” Callahan said. “Besides being passionate, hardworking, and having that personal connection with the community, I am dedicated to seeing that Borger blossoms into the fruitful and economically prosperous community that I believe it can be.”She said what she brings to the table in this election is simple, and that is a new beginning that brings a new direction for a new Borger.“Henry David Thoreau once said, ‘Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.’ As a community, we cannot move forward if we are constantly looking back to find answers to the problems of today,” Callahan said. “Moving forward means a new beginning, a beginning that starts with new leaders, leaders who will listen to those they govern, leaders that will comply with local and state regulations, and leaders that are willing to step out of their comfort zone and step up to the plate to capitalize on opportunities that ensure unremitting development not only in the commercial and small business sectors, but within our city departments and community service areas.”She said once the City of Borger is able to capitalize on new opportunities, then it will be able to move in a new direction, a direction that moves forward, instead of standing still and stagnant while the communities around it evolve and progress.“It takes all of us, citizens, council members, community workers, business owners, corporations, and our youth to come together and work together to collaborate new ideas and a new vision for a new Borger,” Callahan said. “I for one am willing to step up to the plate and take on the challenges that our city faces.”Early voting for the Borger City Council election will take place May 2-6 and 9-10, with the general election day set for May 14.