Letter: Edwards listens and leads

Graphic by Lori Deaton

Democratic county [Board of Commissioners] candidate Amanda Edwards is a person you can talk to and know that you are being heard. This ability to listen and lead are why Amanda was successful in leading the Red Cross, the Literacy Council and now the foundation that gives scholarships to A-B Tech Community College students.

Amanda’s knack to listen and understand what is needed before quickly and effectively solving issues is what will make Amanda an excellent county commissioner. Moreover, Amanda works with people, not “for” or “on behalf of” people. Amanda does not assume she knows what you want or need: She asks you.

At A-B Tech, Amanda listens to students to learn what kind of careers they want. She listens to instructors to learn what resources they need. She listens to employers to learn what their companies and employees need. She listens to donors to learn what positive changes they want to achieve using their donations to benefit individuals and our community.

I have been an instructor at A-B Tech for over 20 years, and Amanda listens to me. She asked why I teach and what I hope to accomplish as a teacher. She asked me for my insights on supporting and helping students succeed. Amanda has followed through for me, and I see that she follows through for the students and donors. Amanda has delivered a well-managed, thoughtful, effective scholarship program that has served more students than ever before.

I ask you to vote for Amanda in the May 8 Democratic primary. Our community deserves leaders, needs leaders, and needs a true leader like Amanda Edwards. She offers our best choice for the next county commissioner for District 2.

— Kenet Adamson
Asheville

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