Slogan: “Environment. Equality. Education.”
Lives in: Montford
Funds: $9,784 raised as of Sept. 26
Endorsements: PARC, Sierra Club, Asheville Fire Fighters Association
Candidate survey: http://avl.mx/6g
The lowdown: In her first bid for Asheville City Council, Lael Gray is running on her lengthy record of progressive activism on various social-justice issues, touting her ability to mediate disputes and achieve consensus. Stressing environmental and transportation goals, Gray says she wants an energy-efficient Asheville where residents won't have to own a car to get around town.
In her own words: “I really see City Council as not only … making policy: We need to be reaching out to legislators … [and] to the business community. I just see us as being facilitators of relationships on many, many levels.”