After eight years as a host and producer on public television, Gary was elected to the Leon County Commission in 1986. During his dozen years in public office he served twice as Commission Chairman and six years as Chairman of the Tourist Development Council.
Known for his ability to build consensus, Gary was the only county commissioner in Florida ever to be nominated for the John F. Kennedy Profiles In Courage Award for his efforts to protect Florida’s water resources.
After leaving office in 1998, Gary returned to his roots and began hosting the popular CBS Television political program, The Usual Suspects. Today, the show remains a political staple in the state of Florida.
He has directed the campaigns of more than 100 local, state and federal candidates as well as designing media for government sponsored referendums. Gary also produces award winning media for corporate clients as well as private agencies.
Gary is frequently called on to lecture on political media and public relations.