Letter: Dee Williams for City Council

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Because I vote for what candidates have done (their experience defines their qualifications) and not what they say they’re going to do, I’m voting for Dee Williams in the upcoming City Council primary on Oct. 10 and in the general election on Nov. 7.

Dee’s a native of Asheville, and in her speeches, democratic values and commitment, she reminds me of FDR, MLK and JFK. She can be counted on to fight for “We the People” and for racial, economic and human justice. Dee Williams is also committed to Asheville’s image, character and culture, which ought not be for sale to the highest bidder!

Dee has always advocated for good jobs and a living wage. She can be counted on to fight for our children, young people and elders! Our young people have to work two and three jobs at minimum wage and live three and four together to just pay Asheville’s excessively high rents, causing too many to give up and leave our city or move back in with their parents. This is unacceptable. Our senior citizens have suffered for years with high taxes, forcing them to sell their homes. This has to change.

Dee’s past work experience includes: project manager of the Asheville Southside Economic Revitalization Program; owner of Dee Williams and Co. economic development services in North Carolina and South Carolina; licensed real estate broker; owner/operator of two public entertainment venues; 15 years as a government roads contractor; and eight years as a staff business consultant to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Dee recently negotiated and won a contract with the federal government to bring a million dollar grant to improve living conditions for senior citizen homeowners suffering on fixed incomes. This is the kind of leadership we need.

Dee has my endorsement and vote because she has earned it, and she deserves your vote, too. Please check out Dee for yourself at “dee4avl.com.”

— Joe Cobble

Editor’s note: Cobble adds: “I’m volunteering for the best informed, experienced, most committed candidate for ‘We the People’ Dee Williams in many years.”

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One thought on “Letter: Dee Williams for City Council

  1. NFB

    “Because I vote for what candidates have done (their experience defines their qualifications) and not what they say they’re going to do,…”

    Fair enough, let’s look at some things Williams has done.

    She is a perennial candidate who has run for office many times. She has run as a Democrat, as a Republican, as an independent. She once ran on a slate with Chris Peterson back when he was trying to have his machine take over City Council. Just two years ago she ran for City Council on a slate with Carl Mumpower and this go around she is running as a Green party candidate. It is hard to keep up with where she stands politically because that keeps changing and to go from Carl Mumpower to the Green party in just two years is enough to induce whiplash.

    Then there was her less that illustrious stint as director of the Opportunity Corporation where after she was fired by the board she made claims of misuse of federal funds. The federal investigation this bogus claim launched found no wrong doing. I am also guessing the residents of Eastview Homes might like to point out what she has done as well.

    Just a few things the letter overlooked.

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