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Gary Ceres


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No More Raiding Electric Fund
Investigate Nepotism
Clean-Up Trashed Properties
Crack Down on Crime
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Ceres for Washington NC City Council


As a candidate for City Council it is incumbent upon me to tell you at least the highlights of my resume that qualify to me run other than my love for and enthusiasm for the City of Washington.

First my Education:

I graduated in 2000 from Elon University cum laud with a double major in Public Administration and Political Science. In 2019 I obtained a graduate certification in Economic Development. Currently I am two classes short of a Masters Degree in Public Administration.

Business Experience:

I have owned a business continuously in one form or another online and brick and mortar since 2005. These businesses were in California, Idaho and right here in North Carolina including stores in downtown Washington 2010 til 2012.

Government/Community/Campaign Experiences:

I served as a business community leader for downtown Washington by frequently speaking in front of City Council here in Washington from 2010 to 2012 on behalf of small businesses. I also wrote a weekly Thursday newspaper column that focused on issues businesses faced including graffiti downtown that eventually led to the passage of a city ordinance to remove all graffiti from downtown. Along with other business owners I organized a book walk where local authors were stationed at various stores downtown to promote their books and sign them. Organized the first and to my knowledge only Harvest Festival parade in Washington on Main St with 26 vendors on the street from all over the community and most businesses participating. Held numerous fundraisers at my store I Can't Believe It's a Book Store to benefit community organizations including a Read-a-Thon for the Red Cross. And organized carolers to go store to store with the help of Jeff Phelps to promote the holiday spirit for locals and tourists alike.

In Idaho, I served as a member of the Parks and Recreation committee for the town of New Meadows. As a member I planned and organized a two day music festival with vendors and numerous musical acts to raise funds to build a playground for the community's children.

I ran for Congress in a special election primary in 2019 with little to no money on the platform "The Working Class Matters" and though I did not win I gained indispensable knowledge of various sectors of Eastern North Carolina's industrial, agricultural and residential needs.

I believe my credentials to serve on the City Council more than qualify me for a run and I hope to serve as your man on the Council and not as part of any clique or special interest.

Ceres for Council Putting Taxpayers FIRST!

  • Unchallenged Good-Ole-Boy Network
  • Clean Up Trashed Properties
  • Transparency & Public Input in Local Government
  • Investigate Misappropriation of Funds
  • Our City is Suffering from a Brain Drain

Your city government neglects any area that is outside of the historic district or outside the personal bubbles in which city bureaucrats and elected officials operate.

It is high-time that city government operates on behalf of every citizen in the system and not just those with power and influence.

Electing me to the City Council sends a message that city government is for ALL citizens and not just the elite.

We have 22 city officials that make over $75,000 a year in salaries in addition to an average 38% benefits package.

The city greedily chose to give these individuals an additional 5% wage increase in this year's budget instead of using that money to give us a full complement of 12 EMTs which we desperately need.   Instead we will be receiving only 4 more, 8 in total.

When the median income in Washington is $37,200 this is obscene.

Our city is suffering from a brain drain.

Population has decreased from the 2010 census to the 2020 census as our young people go off to college to develop skills that they can't find jobs for here in the city.

It is time to enact tax incentives, decreased regulations and have proactive city officials that seek high-tech, high-paying firms to locate in the city to stem the flow of our young people out from the city. © Copyright 2024 All Rights Reserved
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