Name: Tim Peck
Occupation: Warehouse order picker, Arvato Digital Services
Party affiliation, if any: Unaffiliated
Political experience: None yet.
Endorsements: None provided.
1) How much money have you raised for your campaign?
Who are your top three donors, and how much has each contributed?
I have filed as a candidate who will not spend over $1,000, and I am neither compelled nor inclined to disclose my campaign finances.
2) What most distinguishes you from your opponents?
I understand the proper role of government.
3) What other two Council candidates will you vote for? Why?
I will vote for Saul Chase and Jan Davis. They are the least progressive candidates. Bill Russell would have had my vote had he not dropped out.
4) What specific steps will you take to address Asheville's lack of affordable housing?
Zoning, overregulation, excessive taxation and ideological public policy create conditions that result in housing that is unaffordable to poor people. I will always vote against measures that cause housing to become unaffordable.
5) Do you favor the use of tax exemptions and incentives to promote job growth (e.g., the recent Linamar deal)?
I oppose corporate welfare, no matter the illusory and ephemeral benefit, and will not be a vote in favor of it. It is not the government's proper role to pick winners and losers in the economy.
6) Do you support the changes implemented by the Downtown Master Plan, such as raising the threshold for direct Council review of proposed developments?
I do not support the Downtown Master Plan in any of its forms. I oppose the use of force to implement central planning schemes that violate individual rights.
7) What’s your position on proposed legislation in Raleigh to study the possible seizure of Asheville's water system?
Water-service delivery to consumers should be performed in the most cost-effective manner possible, and I support conducting a study to make that determination. If city government is more efficient, so be it.
8) Does Asheville require more infrastructure? If so, what are your priorities and how do you propose to fund them?
Asheville requires more parking to accommodate private automobiles. However, I will not vote to expend taxpayer funds for this purpose. I advocate removing government from the parking business.
9) A recent study named the Asheville metro area the seventh worst in the nation in terms of food hardship. How do you propose to tackle poverty in the city of Asheville?
Government interference in the economy creates poverty. My votes on Council will always reflect a preference for the separation of economy and state.
10) In light of the controversies surrounding the APD and the Human Resources Department, do you believe city government operations require closer scrutiny? If so, what steps do you favor?
Government's only proper role is the protection of individual rights. That includes police, fire, courts and military. Locally, government has too many improper activities that complicate our ability to apply scrutiny to priorities. I advocate a public/private form of government to outsource city services for greater efficiency and lower cost.