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Fellow Citizens of Greenville,

I am running for re-election as your city-wide At-Large Councilmember. I seek to make Greenville a City of Excellence. Below is the record of my efforts toward this goal. Please join me in these efforts.

THROUGH  HARD TIMES —Since joining the Council in 2007, I helped navigate our city government through the very challenging economic recession that started in 2008, pushed for transparency and excellent constituent communication, and encouraged smart new development projects, which are helping make Greenville a residential, recreational, commercial, cultural, and tourist center of eastern North Carolina.

GROWTH AND PROGRESS—We’ve grown and made progress for many years, going back at least to the mayoral administrations of Don Parrott and Pat Dunn. Here are just some of the successful projects I’ve worked on—with other partners—since 2007:

  • First Street Place, a $14 million dollar Center City residential complex completed in 2009
  • Nathaniel Village, an award-winning $5.5 million dollar Center City residential complex completed in 2010
  • The Province, a $30-40 million dollar project, completed in 2011 and replacing Kings Arms Apartments on Charles Blvd., which had become a crime haven and code enforcement nightmare
  • Drew Steele Center, funded in large part with private donations and state grants, completed in 2012
  • Boundary, a current $42 million dollar project by Tom Taft and Jim Ward, almost a decade in the making
  • Small Business Grants, an award-winning job creator and small-business start-up program since 2008
  • Go Science Center, several years in the making
  • 10th Street Connector, a cooperative transportation project uniting the hospital, university, and city. The connector will be a boon for economic development and Uptown revitalization
  • Relocation of the train switching station, which is positively impacting traffic and commerce

FUTURE ECONOMIC VITALITY AND QUALITY OF LIFE—A number of exciting new projects—some of which await future announcements—are in the works. With your help, and a reasonable majority on the Council, we can continue working for smart projects that bring both economic vitality and enhance our quality of life.

A WELL-RUN CITY HALL—There’s still work to do, but in the past two years I’ve worked with a loose coalition on the Council to reverse the negative trend where numerous high-level, key City personnel resigned at great cost in dollars, institutional memory, and continuity of service. I’ll continue pressing hard to maintain professional practices and structures that attract and maintains top talent. I’ll work to expose and halt inappropriate, politically motivated interference from any mayor or councilmember.

YOU WON’T HAVE TO GUESS—My regular newsletter, available upon request and emailed to Greenville citizens, shows that I’ll keep you informed about your city government and explain my positions on important issues. You’ll know why I vote as I do, and you won’t have to guess what’s going on behind the scenes.

I’M HERE TO STAY—Born and raised in eastern North Carolina, I’ve lived and worked in Greenville for decades. I plan to continue living and working here—and eventually retire—and I understand the issues and challenges of people and municipalities in our part of the state. I’m committed to this city and will run a vigorous campaign.

Thanks so much for your support and your vote.

Calvin Mercer, Mayor Pro-Tem, Greenville

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