The Asheville Firefighters Association is endorsing Bryan Freeborn in the upcoming City Council elections.
Freeborn’s votes supporting a 2 percent city match for the department’s retirement plan, as well as his support of a grant to hire more firefighters, won him the endorsement, says AFA President Mike Marshall.
“He voted pretty much our way on a lot of things,” Marshall said, pointing out that Freeborn had the association’s support in his first run for Council in 2005.
A press release announcing the endorsement rom the IAFF Local 865 is below.
— Brian Postelle, staff writer
Asheville Fire Fighters Association
IAFF Local 865
LET THIS SERVE AS OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION OF POLITICAL ENDORSEMENT FOR BRYAN FREEBORN FOR ASHEVILLE CITY COUNCIL.
The Asheville Fire Fighters Association IAFF Local 865 proudly endorses Asheville City Councilman incumbent Bryan Freeborn.
The Asheville Fire Fighters Association IAFF Local 865 endorsed Councilman Freeborn in 2005 following his pledge to support Asheville’s Professional Firefighters. During the passed two years Bryan has loyally supported Asheville Firefighters on very important issues. A giant step was made as Councilman Freeborn was very instrumental in leading efforts to improve the retirement inequity that exists within the Asheville Fire Department. Asheville City Council recently approved a 2% matching 401(a) program that will initiate an incremental progress towards retirement equality for Asheville Firefighters. Bryan showed responsible leadership and support with Council’s recent approval of the Asheville Fire Department’s SAFER Grant request that will seek federal funding to assist with the cost of hiring three additional firefighters further enhancing the Asheville Fire Departments NFPA 1710 compliance. Councilman Freeborn has
committed to support Asheville Firefighters on future issues that will improve staffing levels, firefighter safety, upgrades of equipment and fire apparatus, and the overall service that is provided to the citizens of Asheville. We are proud to publicly announce our endorsement for Councilman Bryan Freeborn for 2007.