John Ferguson, 1968

John Ferguson, mayoral candidate

Yet another of our illustrious BHS’68 classmates is entering the fray of politics. This time, it’s John Ferguson who is running for Mayor of Pine Knoll Shores, NC and the election is only a couple of days away.

If you check out John’s website, you can read his bio here:

My wife JoAnne and I moved to Pine Knoll Shores in 2012, subsequent to our respective retirements.  When we moved here from the Raleigh area, it became important to get involved with this great community.  We joined the Country Club of the Crystal Coast and found many friends there, and I was elected to the Board of Directors in 2013.  I have also been honored to be the president of our condominium homeowner’s association for several years before we moved to our current home.  JoAnne has been involved in the Pine Knoll Shores Women’s Club as well as the Garden Club.  I now think it is time to give back to the community directly by participating in the Town’s political environment.  I believe my background supports a leadership role in this wonderful community.

I attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, and served this great country for five years after my graduation.  My service took me to Germany and various stations in the USA.  I left the service and joined Carolina Power & Light Company (now Duke Energy) where I worked in human resources as a recruiter, human resources manager at the plant and group levels.  I spent two years in strategic planning in our marketing department, and finished my career in supply chain management, where I was responsible for contract management, procurement engineering, quality assurance, warehousing and purchasing.  

JoAnne and I love this area and the opportunities that it provides to not only us, but all who are lucky enough to live in this great place.

John is running on a platform of public safety, fiscal responsibility, public service and care of the environment.

I was curious to find out more information about Pine Knoll Shores, and found that it is 2,667 miles away from Burbank, CA but vastly different in terms of  the type of community it is. For one thing, the population is only 1,547 people, 776 households and 557 families residing here, according to a 2008 census. The town was developed by the grandchildren of President Theodore Roosevelt.
John is running against an incumbent, but finds that the biggest challenge is voter apathy. Early voting ended today and apparently it is lower than previous turnouts.
We’ll hopefully see John and his wife, JoAnn, at the 50th Class Reunion!
Good luck, John!

John’s family

(Update: John Ferguson recently posted this: By now, you have all heard about the results of the our run for Mayor of Pine Knoll Shores.  I am sorry that things did not work out.  However, I do wish to thank all of those of you who have assisted me throughout the past several months.  Many have assisted in Meet and Greets, as well as helped with the campaign.  I am in your debt.  I also want to wish Ken Jones well as he proceeds with the next two years as Mayor.  Last night I communicated with him and congratulated him on his victory.  It is time we all did our part in assisting him, as on the surface things look pretty easy, but of course they are not.  It requires many dedicated people to continue making this Town a great place to live.  Again, I thank those who supported me in this run for Mayor and wish Ken congratulations.) — What a gracious man John is! We hope you will try again.

 

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2 responses »

  1. Monty Morgan says:

    I’m sure John’s a nice guy, but that photo looks like it’s taken from “One Flew Over the Coo-coo’s Nest”, or an employee at “Honest Ed’s” Used Cars. Lol

  2. […] This classmate recently ran an election for mayor of his town. (Update: John Ferguson recently posted this: By now, you have all heard about the results of the our run for Mayor of Pine Knoll Shores.  I am sorry that things did not work out.  However, I do wish to thank all of those of you who have assisted me throughout the past several months.  Many have assisted in Meet and Greets, as well as helped with the campaign.  I am in your debt.  I also want to wish Ken Jones well as he proceeds with the next two years as Mayor.  Last night I communicated with him and congratulated him on his victory.  It is time we all did our part in assisting him, as on the surface things look pretty easy, but of course they are not.  It requires many dedicated people to continue making this Town a great place to live.  Again, I thank those who supported me in this run for Mayor and wish Ken congratulations.) — What a gracious man John is! We hope you will try again. […]

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