“Relying on the single-issue test is like looking at the panorama of the election through a drinking straw.”
“Asheville voters do not need to question my willingness or ability to fight for Asheville and its water system in Raleigh.”
“We eventually quit working with Julie [Mayfield] after it became clear to us that it was more important to her to protect her relationship with the ‘good’ Republican on the environment, Rep. Chuck McGrady, than to fight really hard for the city of Asheville.”
In a brief session, city council appointed Guillermo Rodriguez and Tony Hauser to vacant seats on the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission. Council’s next meeting will be Nov. 10.
“As strange as it feels to be opposing the Sierra Club, I urge my fellow members, and, indeed, anyone who feels that this election is as much about protecting our urban as our natural environment, not to take the club’s endorsement with the sort of knee-jerk trust that I myself have exercised in the past.”
“The Sierra Club has endorsed Julie Mayfield, Marc Hunt and Lindsey Simerly for Asheville City Council after reviewing the records, experience and positions of the candidates on a broad range of environmental issues rather than one single issue. “
Six candidates of the original 15 remain after the Oct. 6 primary election: Brian Haynes, Marc Hunt, Rich Lee, Julie Mayfield, Lindsey Simerly and Keith Young. Of those six, only three will be elected to Asheville City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 3 — and, based off of the primary’s close numbers, it’ll likely be a fight to the finish.
“Most residents like the city the way it is and respect slow and thoughtful progress for the future, but lately, it feels like it is big money pulling the strings. “
“I believe all three will accomplish tremendous things for our city and region.”
Council members may get home at a reasonable hour after their regular formal meeting on Oct. 27. No public hearings are scheduled, and the list of presentations and business items is short. Those interested in the resumption of council’s deliberations on changes to the Homestay ordinance will want to mark their calendars for the next […]
The final six candidates in the race for Asheville’s city council are by now veterans of many forums and panel discussions. Wednesday’s Council of Independent Business Owners (CIBO) forum emphasized issues of particular interest and importance to Asheville’s business community, yielding some answers frequently heard on the campaign trail and some that moved into more wonkish territory.
“Hate to break this to those authentic progressives still attempting to steer Asheville left, but you’ve already lost. A quick glance at our blooming skyline and campaign donor trails reveals who’s really in charge.”
“Not only does Rich have a solid history of grassroots organizing at the neighborhood level here in West Asheville, as well as a background in finance, he also has a comprehensive understanding of the most pressing issues affecting this city.”
The Asheville Downtown Association tried something different at the Wednesday, Oct. 14 Asheville City Council candidate forum. Rather than bringing the candidates up on stage, the forum blended candidates into the audience to interact with and answer questions directly from the voters.
“As for politics, I would never name my fellow candidates in an attack or participate in push polls or slates.”
“I support John Miall because Asheville needs practical, centrist City Council members who understand the need to get things done, things that need to be done without a lot of bureaucracy and in logical priority order.”
“Not only will parks limit the housing supply, but they will also increase demand as affluent gentry from all over outbid local tenants to enjoy all the new parks.”
“After reading Rich’s open letter on why he supports the green space in front of the Basilica [of St. Lawrence], I believe that he has the financial savvy to help our city go forward without sacrificing our quality of life.”
“Brian Haynes, Rich Lee and Keith Young have endorsed preservation of St. Lawrence Green as a public space. That’s one of many reasons I have endorsed them for Council. “
“You may not always agree with Carl [Mumpower], but I know that he is a man who thinks things through and stands for what he believes is right instead of just saying what people want to hear.”