Proven. Principled. Proud to Serve.

Gary Price’s platform for Naples

Proven. Principled. Proud to Serve.

Gary Price’s platform for Naples

Proven and Trusted Leadership

After 16 years of consecutive service to the City of Naples, as a City Council Member for eight years (two as Vice Mayor), Planning Advisory Board for five years (two as chair), Naples Pension Board chairman for six years, I have embraced a very simple philosophy about my role as a leader in this community. I listen to others, treat people with respect and kindness, provide a fair process and then make the best decision based on all the information I can gather. Often these decisions require compromise and that is my strength, finding common ground that leads to a better outcome. There have been times when I have been the 1 in a 6-1 vote, because I am committed to standing up for what’s true and right. There’s always pressure to go with one side or the other, but true leadership comes when you work to find common ground and bring both sides together for a better solution.

Financial Stewardship

I am a budget expert, having spent much of my 16 years in office making sure our budget is respectful of our residents’ money. I led the charge on pension reform several years ago that resulted in our employees’ contributions increasing, saving the City over $160,000,000 over the next 30 years. I also led a successful effort at the State level, negotiating pension reform between firefighters and police and the cities they serve for the entire state of Florida. The League of Cities said it was in the top five of the most successful and critical pieces of legislation ever passed in Florida. Professionally, I have run my own a successful financial management company for the last ten years, where my clients trust me to manage their own portfolios of assets.

Community Engagement

The Publix Effect is a powerful thing! That’s what I call the time I spend in the grocery store and around town answering to the people I represent, many times with my children in tow! This is my greatest joy, talking to our residents, truly caring about what they think and trying to explain what I know and how we might iron out our differences if we have them. People sense trust and confidence in me; they know I serve in the best interest of Naples, not my own.

As City Councilman, I will push for more interaction with the community through town halls, newsletters and social media. We are a growing and diverse community with residents who are more involved than ever in decisions about our future. We need to listen more to concerns and ideas from our residents, so that at the end of the day we can make the best decisions possible for our beautiful Naples. One thing I will do is ask for more town hall meetings. I hosted one several years ago and it was a big hit. People felt like they could speak freely, I listened and we took actions that included the input we got that night.

Preserving the Character and Culture of Naples

My wife Kim and I have raised our two children here. I founded my own company here. We are so grateful to be a part of this community. My passion is preserving the character and culture that makes us unique. Planning for the future must include adhering to the things that make us special and strong as a community. Many people say that, but they don’t know what it means or how to do it. I do know and I have done it! It is a fine balance of making sure the best of our community is preserved in any plans for growth and development, but it is also about who we are as a people and what we stand for going forward.

Community Safety and Security

Our top priority should always be our safety. Whether hurricanes, potential terrorist threats or fighting crime or fires, we must keep our residents safe and secure. Times are different now and it’s even more important we give our police and firefighters every reasonable resource to help them keep us safe. I spearheaded an effort with Sherriff Rambosk a few years ago to improve our call times in the City and County, using new call handling technology. I am happy to report that many of the things we started are now in place and our response times have improved. Minutes matter and I am so thankful for our first responders.