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.
• 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