Equality NC is proud to announce recommendations for 2015 municipal races. We evaluated candidates using multiple factors, including responses to an LGBT issue-based questionnaire, candidate interviews, public position statements and past voting records.
For the City Council race in Asheville, we are endorsing Marc Hunt (at large), Julie Mayfield (at large) and Lindsey Simerly (at large).
Marc Hunt currently serves on Asheville’s City Council and is based in Asheville. Hunt was elected to City Council in 2011 and was elected as vice mayor in 2013. Prior to his election to City Council, Marc cofounded Sunburst Adventures, and after selling the company to Nantahala Outdoor Center, served as chief financial officer for that company. Hunt worked in community and economic development with Self-Help Credit Union.
Julie Mayfield lives in West Asheville. A graduate of Davidson College, Mayfield worked for Amnesty International USA, the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Georgia Justice Project. In 2008, she became the executive director at Mountain True and has served in the following capacities: chaired the city’s Transit Commission (now Committee) and served on the city’s Multimodal Transportation Commission. Mayfield was appointed by Gov. Bev Perdue to the Mountain Resources Commission. She currently serves on the board of the WNC Chapter of the ACLU.
Lindsey Simerly lives in Haw Creek in Asheville with her partner, Melissa, and daughter. Simerly previously served as the campaign coordinator for Brownie Newman for County Commission and as the campaign organizer for Dogwood Alliance, which works to save our Southern forests. Simerly served as campaign manager for the Campaign for Southern Equality, effectively working toward full equality for all LGBT people. Simerly currently serves as the chair of Affordable Housing Advisory Committee.
Equality NC hopes that you will find this voter guide useful.
— Guillermo Rodriguez
Chair, Equality NC