- The pay (just kidding).
- I get to represent the awesome people of Asheville, who are compassionate and truly care about making our community a better place to live for everyone (and don’t mind telling me exactly how to do it!).
- My absolute favorite part of the job is meeting with schoolchildren of all ages from schools all over the city and county. Students are so curious and share their ideas and concerns with brutal honesty. It’s interesting and fun; they help me learn and grow. And they always ask me how old I am, and how much I get paid, and if I’m a mommy, and do I get a limousine?*
- I get the opportunity to tackle our community challenges with my Council colleagues, who are innovative and willing to try new things, and work with imaginative and talented staff, who are focused on creative solutions.
- Living in a city where so many people donate their time and energy to bettering the community, whether it’s working on environmental issues, equity, transportation, affordable housing, homelessness and so many other city initiatives and opportunities.
- The pride I feel when I get the chance to represent Asheville across the state, visiting other cities, meeting with city and state leaders, and their admiration for Asheville and the things we’re doing here.
- And our new city manager, Debra Campbell. We’re fortunate to have recently hired Debra, a former assistant city manager and planning director in Charlotte. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with her that makes her more than qualified to lead the city as it navigates the opportunities and challenges of growth and change.
*Manheimer reports, “I’m 47, I get approx. $26,000 annually and no limousine, but I do get a parking pass to city-owned parking decks…” She has three sons.
9 thoughts on “2018 in review: Best things about being Asheville’s mayor, by Esther Manheimer”
Did you take their lunch money and redistribute it around to show them how “progress” works? Of course after your 50% cut first.
roflmao! where are HER leadership skills? I don’t see them. nowhere. worse than bellamy …
She’s an entitled windbag who has had it easy since birth.
When rock star relatives are elected and don’t have a clue about real life, do you think they looked at leadership as a quality to elect this windbag?
I will need a few minutes to digest this Stevia tainted drivel before responding. BRB (j/k!)
She’s gonna run for Terry Van Duyn’s Senate seat in 2020.
So are a lot of people.
But this piece isn’t about them?
Oh, that will be fun! and you may be right but we know better now.
Let me give you a little idea of Manheimer’s shameless arrogance: In spite of ample law which forbids it, when I diplomatically argued with her on Twitter that with respect to AirBnB her words spoke louder than her actions:
“You are blocked from following @EstherManheimer and viewing @EstherManheimer’s Tweets. Learn more”
Yep, Esther illegally gagged me on her public media platform. And this caselaw says she can’t do it, but what is law to her who runs the city building like it’s a lair of the mob? —> https://www.reuters.com/article/us-virginia-facebook-decision/politicians-cannot-block-social-media-foes-us-appeals-court-idUSKCN1P11SC
She has a few more days to remove the unlawful block before I sue her in federal court. When are the conservatives in Asheville going to stand up to this unsavory politician? She reminds me of Shakespeare’s quip that hell is empty because all the devils are here.