Chris Pelly

Chris Pelly
Slogan: “Neighborhoods United.”
Profession: Real estate agent
Lives in: Haw Creek
Funds: $11,054 raised as of Sept. 26
Endorsements: PARC, Sierra Club, Asheville Fire Fighters Association
Website: http://chrispellyforcitycouncil.com
Twitter: Not on Twitter
Candidate survey:
http://avl.mx/6k
Interview: http://avl.mx/6e

The lowdown: A longtime neighborhood leader, Chris Pelly has focused his third City Council campaign on his record of pushing for sidewalks and parks in east Asheville while preventing unwanted development. Pelly bills himself as a “pragmatic progressive” who can inspire residents to protect and improve their neighorhoods. He’s pledged to explore a bond referendum to meet Asheville's infrastructure needs, and he’s sharply criticized economic-development incentive policies and new rules giving the Planning and Zoning Commission final approval on large downtown developments.

In his own words: “‘Neighborhoods United’ is really the way I've tried to serve in east Asheville for the past 15 years. … I’m trying to bring that same leadership style to City Council. I believe that when you bring people together and get them invested in the process, you get great results.”

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