Gregory J. Oravec is a father, husband, small-business owner, native Floridian and former city manager. He grew up fishing Florida waters and building forts in its forests.
Greg graduated cum laude from the Honors Program of the University of Miami, where he studied marine and political sciences. Before graduating, he began a career in local government which has spanned the last eighteen years. In appointments as a city planner, redevelopment director, assistant city manager and city manager, he learned the ins and outs of government. "I feel very fortunate to have been able to lead and manage projects of all shapes and sizes over my career, from serving as CEO of a municipal corporation with 1,000 employees and a budget of $500 million to being the guy responsible for keeping the bathrooms clean at Oktoberfest."
Greg's run for Mayor originated from his beliefs in service and the City of Port St. Lucie, as reflected in his own words upon taking office in November 2014: "I am honored to go to work every day for you, our citizens, because I'm inspired by what we could become and believe that if we have the right leadership and values, if we utilize strategic planning and good decision-making, if we work together and are accountable, we can make Port St. Lucie a great place to live, learn, work and play—a city for all ages and all people". As Mayor, Greg would like to unite the community and city organization in realizing this vision and making the city organization the embodiment of excellence, integrity and service. More specifically, he would like to partner with you, his fellow Councilmembers, city staff and citizens to:
• Lower taxes, reduce debt and be an award-winning, safe, clean and beautiful city
• Transform the challenges of City Center and Digital Domain into new jobs
• Partner with our neighbors and sister governments to create jobs; improve our schools; build sidewalks; promote a university and Mets Stadium; preserve our agricultural and natural areas; and save our River
Greg is proud to be the husband of Tonia; father of Alexander, Christian and Kaitlyn; and stepfather of Aric. Some of the ways in which he likes to give back to his community include participating in the Downtown Lions Club, the Elks and the Adopt-A-Street Program. In his down time, he likes to read, fish, surf and grow vegetables.