Letter writer: Haynes, Young and Lee have interests of citizens at heart

Graphic by Lori Deaton

Pay attention to this election, Asheville.

I moved here from Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. I am a Habitat for Humanity homeowner. Were it not for Habitat, I could not survive here as a single parent.

Asheville = shockingly low wages. I make only 50 cents more per hour than when my son was 4 years old.  He will turn 21 next month.

This City Council election is pivotal. There are three candidates who have the interests of citizens at heart and three that might not. Do research. Make informed decisions, based on the best interests of the working families in our community.

Which candidate:
• Accepted money from John McKibbon, leader of the hotel industry? [See]: https://www.buncombecounty.org/common/election/CandidateReports/2015/Elect2015_Mayfield_Pre-PrimaryReport.pdf
• Aligned with Rep. Chuck McGrady, the Republican state legislator from Hendersonville who led the campaign that took over Asheville’s water supply?

Why does the Asheville Strategic Plan not mention neighborhoods?  Is this plan for residents? Or developers?

Quoting Brian Haynes: “The big question is not how to become a destination city. The question is: How are we going to make the lives of residents better? Especially on affordability and income inequality.”

I hope you vote for Brian Haynes, Keith Young and Rich Lee.

— Elaine Sargent

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3 thoughts on “Letter writer: Haynes, Young and Lee have interests of citizens at heart

  1. Lulz

    LOL, you mean all those years where Bele Chere ran deficits and was covered by property taxes isn’t the same thing lulz? Or do mean when downtown was being subsidized to keep the relics from being torn down, now what it happening is all the subsidies are going to hotels and brewers and you feel left out LOL? Your issue is that the change which you brought in a few decades ago is over and what happened then is now happening to you LOL. And what’s even funnier is you yourselves allowed it to happen merely because you took away your best assets like Bele Chere and have given people a reason to go to other areas like the river. The reason to go downtown now is not the same as it was even 10 years ago. And if you notice, slowly but surely people are migrating businesses that once were only a downtown staple away.

    • mynameis

      “…you took away your best assets like Bele Chere…”


  2. OneWhoKnows

    by his OWN actions, Rich Lee hates VETERANS and the 2nd amendment … totally UNworthy to hold elected office.

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