Recent Oconee County High School graduate Annabelle Wiedower served as Sheriff-elect James Hale’s campaign manager. 

Her father, Rep. Marcus Wiedower, and Hale used the same consulting firm that likes to give young people job opportunities. Annabelle earned work-based learning credits for school. 

After she was offered the job, Annabelle volunteered at a Relay for Life firefighter’s station tent, where she got to know Hale.

“He just gave me a big hug and said, ‘Welcome to the team!’” Annabelle recalled.

Before the campaign, Annabelle took a marketing class and joined the OCHS marketing club. She was also in charge of social-media marketing for an Athens-based travel agency. 

“I looked the campaign as a different way to market,” she said. “I went from marketing a company to marketing a person.” 

For more on this story, see the July 9 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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