“Maggie’s campaign is focusing on the things that matter to everyone: affordable housing, a livable city and core city services.”
Local resident Tommy Oakman reflects on his volunteer work with The Mediation Center.
“Doug is victim-centered in his approach to administering justice and is the only candidate in the race who has made advocating on behalf of victims their life’s work.”
In 1923, both the city and county questioned the fairness of certain policies in place at Mission Hospital. The scrutiny provoked the ire of The Asheville Citizen’s editorial section.
“With their endorsements, they typically preclude unaffiliated and grassroots candidates, who often more closely align with the Sierra Club mission statement, and throw their support to the party favorites instead.”
“These candidates have a proven record of support for addressing climate change and protecting our environment.”
Local resident Austin Brown reflects on his volunteer work with Bounty & Soul.
“Asheville needs better representation that represents the values of the people living here, and as long as people vote party over policy, there won’t be a government here that actually feels responsible to the demands of the people rather than the party.”
“His plan to hold a countywide referendum on how much more development we want may prevent the continued destruction of our tree canopy in the city and destruction of our remaining forests, including Big Ivy, in the rural areas left in the county. “
While most nonprofits must stay focused on their specific cause, suggests board member Caroline Avery, the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina’s adaptable structure helps it pivot quickly to meet new challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic or the flooding caused by Tropical Storm Fred in 2021. “The community foundation is a charitable Gumby,” she says.
“Her personal integrity is impeccable. This matters, after recent massive corruption and cover-up of corruption at the county level have reminded us that our area is not immune to such evils.”
At the recommendation of the county board’s Environment & Energy Stewardship Subcommittee, which includes board Chair Brownie Newman along with Commissioners Parker Sloan and Terri Wells, members will vote on whether to commit to conserving 20% of Buncombe’s total acreage by 2030.
Local resident Connie Falcone reflects on her volunteer work at Open Hearts Art Center.
Local resident Anne Dachowski reflects on her volunteer work with Literacy Together.