Letter: We have chance to change direction of City Council

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You may recall that the citizens of Asheville overwhelmingly voted against districting in City Council elections in November 2017. Political carpetbagger Sen. Chuck Edwards, R-Henderson, and his GOP cohorts in our nanny state legislature disregarded our collective will and will force district elections upon us. What happened to the GOP mantra of limited government that protects the individual’s right to self-determination, in this case the citizens of the city of Asheville? That’s the downside.

The upside is that we have a year to identify and recruit candidates in our respective local districts to run for City Council in 2020. As a community, we have the opportunity to change the direction and priorities of City Council by electing representatives who more closely reflect our values and vision for Asheville going forward.

If you’re tired of seeing downtown Asheville morphing into a gentrified concrete jungle of high-rise buildings, boutique hotels and parking garages, then elect City Council reps who will oppose those projects. If you’re tired of paying additional school taxes for a system that has failed our minority students for 20-plus years, then elect someone who will advocate for a merger with Buncombe County Schools, eliminate Asheville City Schools administration and lower your property taxes.

These are just two of the issues that the community at large can effect change by electing Council members who will reflect the will of the people in their district instead of the developers and entrenched bureaucracy.

— Nancy Tabel
Asheville

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3 thoughts on “Letter: We have chance to change direction of City Council

  1. Enlightened Enigma

    Wow Nancy! You’re one of the people who see thru the ACS and their exclusionary tactics for indoctrination! District elections are better for cities over 50-100000 people and we need the
    representation in AVL very badly because we have had no leadership for decades, and especially now… there is NO leadership within city council and maoyor…

  2. dyfed

    Everybody knows what this is about. Conservatives have historically had zero representation in AVL council (or meaninglessly little representation). Districting means that the voiceless minority have a chance to capture a few seats in majority-conservative districts.

    I can’t say I like this solution being imposed from above, but it will be nice for the city to have to deal with the consequences of ideological diversity. I think compromise solutions tend to be better.

    It ought to be interesting, anyway.

    Now if only we could get significant planning and zoning reform.

    • Enlightened Enigma

      what kind of planning and zoning reform do you mean? they think they are already cutting edge…

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