Less than three months after announcing she would not run for reelection, incumbent Robin Cape announced today that she will make a bid as a write-in candidate for Asheville City Council.
Cape, who won her seat in 2005, told Xpress that she has taken care of personal and family issues that initially made her withdraw her name, but said the main determining factor was the response by supporters in the community.
“I got an incredible outpouring from the community that said, essentially, ‘We don’t want you to leave.’” And, she said, some initiatives she helped get underway will come to Council after the election. “I just think that moving things into action that we’ve been working on, we don’t really have time to rebuild the wheel,” she said.
This is not the first time Cape has pursued a write-in candidacy. Her introduction into the political arena came in 2003, after she won 231 write-in votes to secure a seat on the Woodfin Water Board.
— Brian Postelle, staff writer