About Caylan McKay

I’m an accountant, an educator, and a proud Wilmingtonian. In 1990, my parents moved our family to Wilmington with little more than a box truck, a dream, and a deep desire to avoid Chicago winters at all costs. In my professional career as an accountant, I specialize in individual and business tax accounting, specifically helping families and small businesses to grow and be successful. I’m also an educator. Since I was a child, I’ve been involved in the arts, specifically with theatre and film. For the past ten years, I’ve been teaching educational theatre programs with local nonprofits and schools.

I’m running for Wilmington City Council because I’ve seen what Wilmington was, I see what it is, and I see what it can be. I believe in smart, urban development. Which means revitalizing our city center and redeveloping our post-industrial areas -- instead of creating suburban sprawl and paving over what little is left of our greenspaces. I believe we need to be proactive, not reactive.

We’re about to grow exponentially, and if we don’t address the problems we now have, they’re going to keep growing too. Traffic. Overdevelopment and the loss of greenspaces. Water quality. Affordable housing. Gentrification. The opioid crisis. Good paying jobs.

The problems Wilmington faces aren’t unique. But our solutions should be.

In my professional career, each of my clients face different challenges, with different goals. I work with them to create a plan that doesn’t just suit them in the now, but five years down the line, ten, twenty, all the way to retirement. And in order to put together the plan that works best for them, I have to listen and think outside of the box, get creative. I’m here to listen you, to the experts who are underutilized, and to create a pathway forward. And that’s why I’m running for Wilmington City Council.

Contact

I’ve told you a little about myself. Now tell me a little about you— What are your concerns? What makes Wilmington special, and how would you like to preserve those qualities? My email is McKayForWilmington@gmail.com, and you can always call me on my personal cell phone: (910) 264-7858. I look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you for your consideration, and I’d appreciate your vote on November 7th.

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1 year ago
Canvassing for Caylan McKay

Less than two weeks until the election! I'd love your support and help in this last stretch. There are two canvassing events this weekend -- Saturday at 11am, Sunday at 1pm, and both days, we're ... See more

Less than two weeks until Election Day, and we're in the full swing of early voting! This is crunch time, folks!

We're canvassing this Saturday and Sunday, meeting at the Senior Resource Center. (On ... See more

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1 year ago
Meet & Greet with Caylan McKay for City Council

Paul D'Angelo has been an invaluable advisor to my campaign, and he's throwing a Meet & Greet this Friday night at his house!

Everyone is invited, and I hope to see you there!

I'm very excited to help support my friend Caylan McKay for City Council! He is a progressive candidate, officially endorsed by the @[172060162806312:274:Cape Fear Group of the Sierra Club] & ... See more

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1 year ago

Excited for tonight's Wilmington City Council debate, hosted by the Cape Fear Community College Political Science Club! Starts at 7pm at Union Station Auditorium U170. See you there!

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1 year ago
MEET THE CANDIDATE: Caylan McKay, candidate for Wilmington City Council | | "Your Alternative Weekly Voice"

Check out my Q&A with encore magazine! They're doing Meet the Candidate pieces for all nine of the city council candidates, and I commend them for their thoughtful journalism that helps inform voters ... See more

Oct 20 • EXTRA! EXTRA!, FEATURE BOTTOM, News, NEWS & VIEWS, Uncategorized, Web Extras • No Comments on MEET THE CANDIDATE: Caylan McKay, candidate for Wilmington City Council

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1 year ago

Come out and early vote! The New Hanover County NAACP’s Moral March to the Polls starts at 10am.

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1 year ago
'We Can Do it Better.' Meet the Millennials Taking Over City Hall

I'm proud to be the youngest candidate running for office. I have new ideas, new perspectives, and the energy to dedicate myself to you, our citizens.

In a poll of millennial mayors, TIME magazine ... See more

One day soon, young people will run the government. These American mayors show how they'll do it

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1 year ago

Today is the first day of early voting! Andy and Janet McGlinn were out this morning representing and handing out flyers — can’t thank them enough for their help and support!

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1 year ago

I'm so proud to say that I've been endorsed by the Cape Fear Group of the Sierra Club & Equality NC. But I'd love to be endorsed by YOU. If you know me and trust my leadership, it'd mean the world to ... See more

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1 year ago
Meet the candidates for Wilmington City Council, mayor

StarNews has done an excellent job of introducing the citizens of Wilmington to their choices for representation in local government. If you want to dive deeper into the candidates, their values, and ... See more

9 candidates seeking 3 Wilmington council seats; Mayor Saffo challenged

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Harper Peterson for NC Senate hit on every note at his campaign kickoff today: clean water, investing in our schools, independent commissions for districting, affordable housing, equality for all, ... See more

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Officially endorsed by the Cape Fear Group of the Sierra Club and Equality NC.