Candidate: William C. Meredith

Political party: Libertarian
Occupation: Contractor
Education: Environmental studies and civil engineering, UNCA; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Political experience: Libertarian Executive Committee; Libertarian Reform Caucus
Donors (top 3): I’ve been asking my friends to donate $20-$50.
Endorsements: Libertarian meeting (by consensus)

1) What are the best and worst steps City Council has taken in the past two years, and why?
Best: “They did finally get the authority to do something about the water.”
Worst: “Their worst step was not taking greater [efforts] to modernize our water and power infrastructure.”

2) What plan(s) do you support for the I-26 Connector project, and why?
“I would go with the smaller six-lane plan, due to the constraining nature of the mountains.”

3) What, if anything, should the city do to improve mass transit?
“We should get as many alternative-fuel buses as possible, and examine getting some electric trolleys running again.”

4) What specific measures, if any, should the city take to address environmental concerns?
“We should support microgeneration to reduce the carbon-and-energy-grid load through tax breaks. We need to investigate a replacement to our reliance on our local coal plant, and make sure we don’t ever build anymore fossil-burning plants.”

5) What’s your position on partisan elections?
“Locally, it was a crass power grab. The heroes here are the petitioners who reminded us that the true power lies in the sovereign people.”

6) As a member of City Council, what would be your top three priorities?
“Infrastructure, infrastructure, infrastructure. So: water, alternative power and the bridges/roads.”

7 What living national political figure do you most admire, and why?
“I’ve been impressed by Bill Richardson making the future happen in New Mexico with alternative energy.”

8) Under what circumstances, if any, would you support forced annexation?
“Absolutely never.”

9) What steps, if any, do you support to promote affordable housing in Asheville?
“I support decreasing our property-tax burden to help keep rent down for everyone.”

10) Would you vote for or against The Ellington high-rise project,
and why?
“At this point, I would have to vote against it, because I think it is out of scale with our community. Any future developments have to take the existing neighbors’ rights into consideration.”



Thanks for reading through to the end…

We share your inclination to get the whole story. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. We want everyone to have access to our stories. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall.

We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Xpress needs help, too. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. It only takes a moment.

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

2 thoughts on “Candidate: William C. Meredith

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.