Hello Mount Olive Neighbors, My name is Dr. Antoine Gayles, I am running for a seat on the Mount Olive Town Council. I have lived in Mount Olive for 23 years, am a member of the Flanders United Methodist Church, and have proudly served on the Mount Olive School Board since 2014.
I deeply value the importance of establishing personal connections between all members of the community and I’ve come to cherish both the lasting friendships I’ve made and the new people I meet. As I look at our community, I see we’ve made some progress, but we still have work to do.
Too many businesses have closed, too many storefronts sit empty, and with no local supermarket, Budd Lake has been turned into a food desert. The Council points the blame at the state. However, I’m not about shifting responsibility; I’m about taking responsibility.
That’s why I’m running. I want to transform Mount Olive into a “go to” destination, where you can eat, shop and explore. I will support the expansion of small businesses by working with landlords and aspiring entrepreneurs to breathe life back into our township, while working to preserve the rich open space that makes our township special.
I will be involved and visible in the community. For me, being a town council member isn’t just about what I would do in council-chambers. It’s about what I would do in our town with, and for, you..
Having a long history of celebrating what makes each of us unique while bringing us together to achieve a common goal, I will listen and ensure that every voice is heard.
I am forward thinking. A new voice with a real vision, who would be a strong advocate for you as your new Councilman.