News & Updates

Campaign Updates and Resources

Here you will find official Campaign Updates and Resources from Captain Jacques Gilbert, Mayoral Candidate of the Town of Apex.

9/25/2019- People First

Our signs have arrived! The message is clear, my focus has and will always be about people. We must work together to move Apex forward. As citizens, elected officials, and community stakeholders, we will experience times when we disagree on certain things. Although we may disagree, we must remain united in our passion to ensure that the Apex of tomorrow is even better than the Apex of today. We all desire to have the best quality of life for our family. I’m committed to People First. I’m asking you to join me. Look for a sign in your community. Please PM me if you would like one. I encourage you to vote on November 5th. Early voting begins on Oct 16th.

8/23/2019- Conversations Build Relationships

You are heard, and I want to continue to hear more from all- conversations build relationships.
Thank you Kelly, Tyler and Connor for sharing your concern and providing solutions to educate fellow citizens about blocking access mobility handicap parking aisles in Apex. I’m hopeful that the connection made with Apex PD to address this issue will provide relief for you and fellow citizens who are impacted. There is nothing we can’t do when we work together.

8/12/2019- Visiting Compare Foods

Taking the time to listen and better understand how Commerce provides both economic stability and Community for Apex. I had the opportunity to briefly step into the role of employee at Compare Foods right here in Apex. I took away a memorable experience at a multicultural grocery store with local economic impact bringing more people to Apex to shop while bringing people together. Compare Foods has also been a long time Sponsor of Apex Latino Arts Festival. Thank you to my new friend Cliver for showing me around!

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8/2/2019- Celebrating 4 Years of the Apex Skate Plaza!

6 years ago I sat down with this young man to listen and learn about what was important to him. We learned a lot about each other. We both wanted the same thing…to be heard. It was clear, Tracy along with many of his friends and community stakeholders wanted a place for people to enjoy their passion of skateboarding. It sparked energy and enthusiasm as our community rallied together to solve a problem. 2 years later Apex Skate Plaza- Rodgers Family Skate Plaza was opened. Now celebrating 4 years of a park that represents community, compassion, collaboration and access for all. Grateful for all who were involved with this vision. Happy birthday Apex Skate Plaza!

7/16/2019- Our Candidacy is Official!

 My candidacy is official and everyone’s input is important! It’s time to reset and move forward together. I would love for you to join our

7/4/2019- Olde Fashioned Fourth of July

I love how a birthday party brings people together. Patriotic colors of red, white, and blue were radiant yesterday at the Olde Fashioned 4th of July event in Historic Downtown Apex. I enjoyed talking with many longtime friends while making new ones in our community. The Parade of Wheels was a hit as always! Parents braved the sizzling heat for kids to enjoy their time to shine. Grateful for all Town of Apex personnel and community volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this an enjoyable gathering for all. I love my hometown. Happy birthday, America!

6/25/2019- Coming Together for #MadLove4Mad

Today we were honored to travel around Apex sharing Madelyn Wilson’s story while showing the spirit, prayers, love and support from several people around Apex. We are cheering you and your family on in the Peak! Thank you for showing us how to be courageous! #MadLove4Mad

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6/23/2019- "Bringing it Back to the Court - Apex Reunion"

Still smiling from the 2nd Annual “Bringing it Back to the Court – Apex Reunion” that took place Saturday at West Street park located in the community I was raised. I spent so much time at this park during my youth. It was great to talk about the memories. I was honored to hear from so many family and friends talk about supporting me on my run for Mayor! I’m grateful. This is my community and will always be my home. I’m proud and will always support you.

6/16/2019- Father's Day

In the center of me and my son, this man I’m blessed to call Dad! Happy Father’s Day to all! Let’s continue to encourage fathers daily with love and prayer. I’m asking men in our community to answer the call to be a mentor to others who could use guidance, support, and encouragement throughout their communities.

6/12/2019- Apex Latino Arts Festival

 As one of Apex’s next big downtown events approaches this weekend, I wanted to share one of my favorites that happened recently. Apex Latino Arts Festival. Good food, entertainment, family and friends reunion and wholesome community engagement. I hope to see you at Peak City PigFest. Gotta support the team in blue at the First Responders Rib Eating contest!

6/10/2019- Young Women in STEM Conference

Love it when the youth in our community build bridges by inspiring other young minds to join in and be a part of something great! I got to witness a group of amazing young women work together and share their innovation that I am confident will one day improve our commerce by creating opportunities to position talent in a high demand industry.

Thank you Ive Jones for involving me in the 1st Annual Young Women in STEM Conference. Presenting STEM Educator of the Year to two teachers from Apex schools was an amazing honor. To all women: I will always support you in your passion to be whoever you want to be!

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6/4/2019- Community Forum

With recent events we may find ourselves becoming discouraged and eager for change. I wanted to remind you this morning that when we work together, we build bridges that can make things better in our community! I reflect on this special time last year I was glad to plan and lead a discussion of students, parents, police, security experts, pastor and other community leaders. I am proud of this community and look forward to more moments like these working together.

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5/31/2019- Gilbert for Mayor Merch

Every team needs gear, right? I would love for you to join our team! Gilbert for Apex Mayor T-Shirts, Car Magnets, and Buttons are available for purchase now at Let’s see your team spirit! #GilbertForApexMayor


I have really benefitted from the Town of Apex providing a great online tool for citizens to be informed about decisions and the direction of the town. I’m reviewing Tuesday’s town council meeting at ( with my grand pup, Seventh Grace. This allows me to hear concerns from citizens and stake holders in the community while gathering details that impact the future of Apex. As a team we can work together to create the best plan for Apex. I want to hear from you too. Send me a message at

5/18/2019- Community

A great Sunny Saturday. Many members of our community working together illuminating hope and joy!

-Pop Up Farmers Market at Shangri-La Mobile Park hosted by Western Wake Crisis Ministry.

To all, you inspire me. It’s amazing how much joy is radiated when people and organizations take their time to go into the community with compassion for the love of community.

Western Wake Crisis Ministry, Simple Gifts Community Garden, The Peak Church, Apex Police, Citizens Assisting Police in Apex (CAPA) and others bringing their hearts and resources to the community. Awesome seeing several kids ride off with reconditioned bikes and new helmets donated by The Peak Church. CAPA providing children IDs. WWCM providing food, awareness and other resources. Thank you Beth Bordeaux and your team for making this happen.

-WCOM radio – Kalabria and I were interviewed by Claudio and Rocco. Thank you brothers for allowing us to be a part of your show.

-Last stop at IngenuiTea Brews for Kombucha tea and live music. Great place to chill and meet up.

5/15/2019- National Police Week

In light of National Police Week, thought I would share a few most meaningful memories of my 29 years of serving as an Apex Police Officer. I honor all sworn and civilian staff who currently serve, those who faithfully served before me and those who made the ultimate sacrifice – you are remembered…and also to the families who faithfully supported so that others could be served.

1992 – Community relationships
1998-‘04 Serving as a School Resource Officer (SRO) – cultivating relationships early with youth and seeing those students now with their own career and family. Some currently serving as police officers at APD and departments across the state. Very rewarding and positive impact made. I’m grateful. 
Officer of the Year -‘07
Promotion to rank of Captain- ‘08

Thank you APD for the memories. My love and support to my brothers and sisters in blue!

5/11/2019- Mental Health Awareness Month

On our most challenging days we might catch ourselves looking down and what do we see? The shoes that hold the feet of Apex’s mothers, fathers, students, sons, and daughters, all walking out a story we know nothing about before looking up. I’m asking you to join me in looking up—seeing someone, hearing someone, and standing with someone each day. You never know what your compassion could do. #mentalhealthawarenessmonth

4/30/2019 - Ceremonial First Pitch at AFHS

This was fun! Thank you Apex Friendship High School baseball team for giving me the opportunity for the ceremonial first pitch honor at Senior Night. A great day of community and our youth doing what they love! Our future is bright!

4/27/2019 - Campaign Kick-Off

Let’s do this campaign thing right, with one of our pillars- Community!

Kicked off my day at Special Needs Fishing Derby hosted by Town of Apex Parks Recreation & Cultural Resources.

I then traveled to New Hill and rejoiced with many at the grand opening of New Hill Community Center.

Next stop: Apex Community Center for Mayor Protem Dozier’s initiative: THINK APEX. Many community members stepped up volunteering their time to prosper our community!

Last stop: Word of Life Church on Apex PeakWay. Guest speaker at Pastor Deloach’s launch of FLY – Focus Led Youth initiative to provide youth and parents a safe place for resources and fun. This is one to watch! I see big things!

Special thanks to my daughter and Campaign Communications Manager, Kalabria for keeping me focused and moving! Let’s get it!