Letter: Roney advocates to make city more equitable

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Especially during a time when I feel there is so much potential for change and a chance for AVL to stop and change course, I am grateful and hopeful to have the opportunity to cast a vote for Kim Roney for Asheville City Council.

Kim’s campaign slogan, “Be ’Bout It Being Better,” is at the heart of how she shows up in community and who we, as a city, have the opportunity to have represent us.

Kim Roney deeply listens, centers and advocates with and for community members who have been underserved and consistently speaks up across issues to make our community more equitable and resilient. She has clearly laid out her position on reimagining public safety (kimroney4asheville.com) and stands in solidarity with the intergenerational leadership of Black Asheville Demands, calling for divestment from police and reinvestment in the Black community.

I voted last time for Kim Roney, and I will vote for her again because I trust her, how she participates in community and what she stands for. I trust who she is listening to and advocating for, and how she continues to hold herself accountable in and to community. I also trust that when elected, this is the person she will be for our community on City Council.

Having Kim Roney’s voice during the COVID pandemic and movement for racial justice has only made me feel more resolved and confident in voting for her. If you aren’t familiar with her, please check her out or take another look at her platform. I believe all of AVL would benefit from having Kim Roney on City Council. Vote Nov. 3, or during early voting Oct. 15-31.

— Kim Hunt


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10 thoughts on “Letter: Roney advocates to make city more equitable

  1. Mike H

    Hard pass on this candidate. I’d prefer a candidate with some business sense and experience for a change. What financial or operational experience does she have that will contribute to running a city?

    • luther blissett

      Cities aren’t businesses and the council-manager system, for better or worse, separates operations from policy.

      (This is another good reason for a larger City Council to broaden the different types of experience at the table.)

      For what it’s worth, there’s a local governing entity that’s almost entirely comprised of business/operations people. It’s the board of the TDA.

      • Mike H

        Looks like we have 2 lawyers, a clerk of court and an event planner. Only Gwen has experience in managing a large operation with a lot of moving parts. City council may not run the city but they could sure use some people with broader experience.

        • Enlightened Enigma

          why do you say that City Council does not run the city? they totally DO … and several of them are just absolute stupid idiots, totally UNqualified to serve…

    • Burnsey

      Lets see, Kim took Asheville FM from an internet only station to getting a tower installed so they could broadcast over the air. She has regularly attended city council meetings for a number of years. Served on the volunteer transportation commission and transit committee, regularly reports on city budget meetings, has her own business as a successful piano teacher, has worked in the service industry which is face to face with not only the tourist who bring their money to town, but puts her in touch with those who keep the wheels turning in an important part of our economy, and to top it off, she has used the the city transportation system because by choice she decided to go without owning a car.
      Don’t know who might be more connected to the community than Kim.
      Her level of enthusiasm, her hard work and her dedication to fairness for all who live in this city is unparalleled.

  2. Harold

    “Be ’Bout It Being Better”

    This grammatical atrocity is proof enough of being unsuited for public office or even general conversation.

    • C-Law

      Ha! I laughed at that too.

      She’s obviously culturally appropriating Ebonics/black American vernacular. How cute! Just another run-of-the-mill AVL Marxist NPC.

      Asheville gets the government it deserves.

  3. Enlightened Enigma

    All CITY voters should avoid the city council race in protest. There is NOT one candidate running that EVER talks about what is better for the TAXPAYERS !
    NONE of them are citizen friendly, though they want you to think so…

    BOYCOTT the CIty Council race due to total lack of any reasonable choices!

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