Bothwell is not interested in being a big shot

I write in support of Cecil Bothwell's candidacy for re-election to Asheville City Council. My initial meeting with Cecil took place when he first ran for City Council. I was impressed with his honesty and straightforward manner, and I have volunteered to work in his campaigns ever since. Unlike some other members of City Council, Cecil is not interested in being a big shot.

There are few of those around, but Cecil is like those few whom I've met and support — including Jan Davis, Dennis Kucinich, Alan Grayson, Barbara Lee and Cindy Sheehan — someone who is not afraid to tell you what he thinks.

The environmental proposals he has spearheaded include AMAZED (Asheville Metro Area Zero Energy District), which is designed to expend no more energy than it creates. He has also voted to upgrade our water system, to increase our recycling efforts, and to set aside more park land for protection of the natural habitats of wildlife.

My own personal experience with Cecil's "can do" attitude concerned a traffic problem at Aston Park. As a board member of the Asheville Tennis Association, I was concerned that traffic speeding along Hilliard Avenue created a safety hazard for kids and oldsters crossing the street. Thanks to Cecil's help, a crosswalk was put in place and signs were erected to slow the traffic down.

I can't think of anyone more deserving of another term on City Council than Cecil Bothwell. Please turn out to vote if you feel the same way.

— Leonard S. Carrier
Asheville

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