Fundraising is a necessary evil of most any campaign and few, if any, politicians enjoy begging for money.

Waymond Fermon

Waymond Fermon

But Waymond Fermon, a candidate for the Indio City Council, has found a creative way to both raise campaign cash and simultaneously get in a good workout. He’s inviting supporters and donors to meet him on his own turf.

On Saturday, Feb. 24, Fermon, a former competitive body builder, is inviting supporters to work out with him from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Universal Training Center, 82-855 Market St., Suite A400 in Indio. A $20 minimum donation is required.

You can either work out with him and sweat – or sit and eat.

DJ Will Durazo will provide music. CJs Stir It Up Mongolian Grill and TKB Deli and Bakery will provide food.

A liberal Indio native and political newcomer, Fermon, 38, is challenging Mayor Michael H. Wilson in the November Indio City Council election. Fermon is seeking a four-year term to the five-member panel.

When it comes to spending money on the campaign, Fermon said, “The sky’s the limit.”

Fermon, a correctional officer at Calipatria State Prison for 16 years, will relocate to District 2 for what promises to be a contentious race.

The youngest of three sons, Fermon grew up attending Indio schools where he was a leader in sports teams and student government. Fermon is the father of three children.

While he has yet to lay out a specific platform, Fermon said addressing homelessness in Indio will surely be included. Sanctuary city status is also likely to be hot-button issue in the campaign.

Waymond attended College of the Desert where he studied Administration of Justice. He also attended the California Department of Corrections Officer Academy.

Wilson, 52, and a conservative, held a kick-off fundraiser for his re-election campaign on Feb. 20 at Indian Springs Golf Club, 879940 Westward Ho Drive in Indio.