Wendall K. McGahee
Candidate City Commissioner
July 6, 2020
Mr. Wendall K. McGahee, a seventh generation native of Fernandina Beach has joined the race for City Commission Group 3. Mr. McGahee was educated here in the Nassau County School District and graduated (with honors) from Fernandina Beach High School in 2013. Mr. McGahee served both his peers and community relentlessly as an advocate and an active leader. Mr. McGahee was a part of various organizations and programs over the years including 4-H Club, Youth Leadership Nassau, NAACP, the National League of Junior Cotillions and Christ-Like Youth & Teen Ministries to name a few.
In 2010, Mr. McGahee represented the county and state as a delegate to the National Young Leaders Conference on Leadership & Policy in Washington, D. C. Also in 2013, Mr. McGahee was presented the Outstanding Youth Award by the Nassau County Community Development Corporation, Inc. in recognition of his exceptional leadership and community service.
Mr. McGahee sought out to further his education and enrolled at the illustrious Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU), from which he graduated with a Bachelors degree in Philosophy & Religion and a minor in Political Science (Cum Laude) in 2016. While at FAMU, Mr. McGahee continued his work in leadership as an elected officer to the University’s Student Government Association and as the president of Campus Ministries. He spent a great deal of time learning the ropes of the state legislature as well and served three state legislative sessions as a legislative intern- two in the House Minority Office of the Florida House of Representatives and one in the the Florida Senate under Senator Audrey Gibson of Jacksonville. It was during that time Mr. McGahee learned first hand the overwhelming amount of work that is required to be an effective help to the people, the importance of finding a middle ground where there seems to be none and the significance of servitude within civic leadership.
As for his professional occupation(s), Mr. McGahee has several years of experience in the funeral service industry and higher education. In the fall, he will be obtaining his degree in Funeral Services from FSCJ and entering Florida International University as a Master of degree candidate in Higher Education-Administration. Currently, he serves as the lead representative of Funerals by T. S. Warden of Fernandina Beach and as a case manager in the Division of Student Support Services at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
Mr. McGahee released an official statement that read:
“I ask that you join with me as I strive to preserve the heritage and prepossessing environment of our small island-fixed town. I ask that you lend me your support as I promote a system for more suitable living in hopes of a better quality of life for everyone. Help me advance our community by means of bringing a sense of diversity and inclusion to the table and ensuring that no one is overlooked or left out.
My greatest desire is to see my hometown at its absolute best for myself, others and generations to come. There is a dynamic sense of servitude within me that could only manifest itself in the heart of a native. In the last few years, we have had some rather challenging issues at the forefront of our local economy; I am eager to contribute and assist in implementing strategic plans to help us rise above them all.”
His campaign slogan “Pursuing Every Possibility” profoundly consolidates and simplifies all that he hopes to do for the greater good of his hometown and citizens therein. Please stay on the look out for further campaign details via TheWendallMcGahee.com and other associated media outlets.
Editor’s Note: Wendall McGahee will face Ricky Robbins Jr. and Incumbent Ronald “Chip” Ross for a seat on the Fernandina Beach City Commission Group 3. The election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
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