WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Election Day is less than a month away, and WWAY wants you to meet the candidates for Wilmington City Council.
We sat down with Frank Meares, who says it is time for someone who truly represents the people.
Meares grew up in the Cape Fear. He has seen Wilmington grow and is proud of the city his family has called home for decades.
"I'm a Wilmingtonian," Meares said. "I'm one of the very few that was born and raised here. I went to Forest Hills (Elementary School), went to Roland-Grise (Middle School) and then graduated from Hoggard (High School)."
The self-proclaimed conservative says he knew at a young age that he would one day run for office. Meares says he felt compelled to run for city council while on a "Cut Spending Now" trip, a conservative grassroots bus ride to the nation's capital against overspending.
"My heart was touched on that ride," he said. "I saw more than I can ever imagine as far as the connections between Wilmington's spending habits and the federal government's spending habits. Not only that, but the neglect of the people."
Meares describes himself as an average citizen who wants to serve his community. Currently, the City Council hopeful works for the American Red Cross as a supply clerk.
"Basically what I do there is that I set them up so they can go out on their blood drives. When they get back I go through the mess and make sure it's all sorted out so they can go on to the next one," Meares said.
Meares says his top priorities are on public safety, infrastructure and business. He says local government has grown too big and is hurting the future of wilmington.
"Government is getting too strong and is pushing its way through," Meares said. "It tears my heart to see free market leaving Wilmington. When I see what a lot of what people don't want in Wilmington appearing, we just need to release the reigns on all businesses, and if someone sees the opportunity to come here -- that's what government is supposed to be. They're supposed to release the reigns, make it safe, make it structurally sound."
With Election Day quickly approaching Meares says he's working hard to make sure voters know who he is and what he stands for. He hopes voters will see that this race is important and that each vote really does count.
"To those neigh sayers that believe that your vote does not count, please get that out of your head, because your vote does count; it will always count!" Meares said.
Our Wilmington City Council candidate profiles continue tomorrow, when we meet Margaret Haynes.