Mr. Meredith has served faithfully on the Fayetteville City Council, is a successful businessman, and has shown a sincere concern for his city, state, and nation. Further, he is a fully committed family man and a church-attending Christian. I highly recommend Wesley Meredith for any position he desires on a city, state, or national level. – Dr. Ralph Richardson, President, Bible Alive Ministries
I was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, home of Elvis. Mom was a proud homemaker, and Dad worked long hours as a forester. My sister and I spent summers on Granddad’s farm tending the fields, feeding the animals, and baling hay. At 96 years old, Granddad still works the farm today. His fortitude is inspiring. It was from him that I learned my first lessons in working through the blisters and aching muscles to get the job done. I learned too that nature can be unpredictable, both kind and cruel, and the benefits of putting aside for those lean times. I grew up with homegrown vegetables, hard earned respect, and the love of serving God and Country.
When I was little, my free time was spent outside playing “Army Man.” As I grew older, I began to spend my free time doing yard work for the neighbors to save for my first car. One August evening after an especially sweaty day of mowing grass, I announced to my father that I was never going to mow another yard for the rest of my life. That was a typical teenage rant, and I would later eat those words. The next morning I went back to work, and continued to do the neighbors’ lawns until I had saved enough to buy my first car, a Ford Galaxy 500. And of course, I had to keep working if I wanted to put gas in the tank.
It surprised no one when I enlisted in the US Army shortly after graduation. My first night in North Carolina was spent doing push- ups at Fort Bragg, I was part of the Combat Engineers for the 82nd Airborne. I was proud to serve my country, and thankful for the structure and discipline it sharpened in me. The Army took an individual with a lot of rough edges, and shaped him into a valuable team player. The terms “brotherhood” and “family” took on a whole new meaning. With their encouragement, I earned the rank of Sergeant and the following medals: Army Service Ribbon, Army Achievement Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the NCO Professional Development Ribbon.
After my service in the military, I chose to stay in Fayetteville and make North Carolina my home. I decided to put my years of experience doing the neighbors’ lawns to the test, and officially opened my own business, Cardinal Landscaping. With my red pick-up truck and some basic lawn equipment, I drove from yard to yard, day after day until I had regular work. I struggled with payroll, budgets, growing pains, and the proper care and feeding of a “company.” There were time of plenty and times of lean, and the unpredictability of nature.
I have since become a North Carolina General Contractor, North Carolina Landscape Contractor, and am a member of the International Society of Arborists. More than twenty years have gone by since my first days in business, and the lessons learned on Granddad’s farm have been just as relevant for me now as they were for him back then.
It has been a blessing to have been embraced by my community, and I have felt privileged to be able to help give others a chance to succeed. The Cape Fear Kiwanas, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, and the March of Dimes are just a few of the organizations with whom I have been honored to serve. Since 2005 I have been a part of the Fayetteville City Council. During my tenure we have been able to reduce the crime rate, improve the city transit system, implement a recycling program, increase the number of fire and police officers and more, all without raising taxes.
I know that this can be done on the state level for North Carolina, but first we have to remove the machine politics from Raleigh and put in leaders who answer to the people, not their party. No more pet projects, no more reckless spending, no more tax increases. We need job creation, tax relief, and fiscal restraint. We need to win back North Carolina. My family and I humbly ask for your support, encouragement, and continued prayers as I prepare to serve another term as your North Carolina Senator for District 19.