Gaylor Officially Files Notice of Candidacy for Mayor

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Gaylor Officially Files Notice of Candidacy for Mayor

In his bid to be the next Mayor of Goldsboro, City Council member Charles Gaylor filed his Notice of Candidacy with the Wayne County Board of Elections on Friday.

“My vision is of a city that harnesses the momentum of the growing region around us, while taking a fresh approach to citizen services and quality of life issues,” said Gaylor.

Gaylor joined the City Council in 2021 to fill the District 5 vacancy resulting from the loss of Mayor Allen and the subsequent appointment of then District 5 councilman, David Ham, to Mayor. While on the City Council, Gaylor has focused his efforts on housing development, business development, and safe infrastructure. Looking forward to the next four years, Gaylor believes that we must place more energy on public safety and addressing the homelessness issues around our city.

“Investments must be made to support our police department through mental health resources,” said Gaylor. “It isn’t fair to expect a responding law enforcement officer to be everything from a mental health professional to an EMT, and even a constitutional law scholar. Simply stated, they need additional people to make sure they can focus on their job, and make sure the communities they serve get the help they need.” said Gaylor. Gaylor has voted each year to increase the budget for salaries of our public safety professionals, as well as every other employee who keeps Goldsboro functioning and moving forward.”

Gaylor is a born and raised native of Goldsboro.

“I was born in Wayne Memorial Hospital, went through daycare at First Baptist Church, and then Wayne Montessori, North Drive, Carver Heights, School Street, Dillard Middle, Eastern Wayne Middle, and ultimately graduating from Eastern Wayne High School in 2002,” explained Gaylor. “Goldsboro needs strategic investments to maintain momentum in some neighborhoods, while trying to build some momentum in others. We must get creative, and profoundly serious, about attracting responsible development that complements the diversity of our neighborhoods at every price point. We must rebuild those parts of our city that have essentially been leveled, and we must assess every element of our own bureaucracy to make sure we are not unintentionally holding ourselves back.”

Currently the Senior Staff Attorney serving Community Care of North Carolina, Inc., Gaylor is a former Associate Vice President and Small Business Center Director at Wayne Community College and a former Associate Engineer at 3TEX, Inc. He has served our community as the Chairman of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce and the Chairman of Literacy Connections of Wayne County. Further, he has served on the boards of the Wayne County affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, Wayne Preparatory Academy, Goldsboro Area Metropolitan Planning Organization of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Wayne County Bar Association, and the Elon University School of Law Alumni Council. Further, he has served on committees representing the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation, North Carolina Bar Association, NC AgVentures, and Wayne Forward. Gaylor has been recognized by the United States Small Business Administration for meritorious contributions to the development of small businesses in Wayne County. NC.

Gaylor holds a Juris Doctorate from Elon University School of Law, a Master of Business Administration from the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business at Campbell University, and two Bachelor of Science degrees from the Wilson College of Textiles at North Carolina State University.
Gaylor resides near Herman Park in District 5 with his wife, son, and two rescue dogs.