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Mayor: I am very happy to say goodbye to 2012

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Mayor Edna Jackson began her State of the City speech on Tuesday night by talking about the challenges of 2012.

"I would first like to admit that I am very happy to say goodbye to 2012. We got through it together, the controversies that cast a shadow over 2012 were difficult. On a personal note, this is not what I wanted to start with my first term as mayor," Jackson said.

Mayor Jackson didn't get into specifics about the challenges, but she did say her priorities now are job creation and crime.

Despite public perception, she was quick to point out the crime numbers that show a decrease in violence.

"My message would be that we had a large spurt during the beginning of January with all the shootings. That does not define our city," Mayor Jackson said.

Jackson says she looks forward to working with the citizens and moving the city forward.

"You may not be satisfied with what we do, but at least we are trying. Continue to work with us, and we will work with you," Jackson said.

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