Letter writer: Lee supports governmental transparency

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I support Rich Lee for Asheville City Council because he supports a transparent government and data-driven decision making.

To build an Asheville that works for everyone, we need community builders and forward-thinking individuals to develop 21st-century solutions to issues like jobs, affordable housing and tourism.

I appreciate Rich Lee’s honesty and willingness to engage in constructive debate so often absent from political discussions.

Tourism provides benefits and challenges to Asheville, yet we lack a strategy for sustainable growth. Rich supports directing tourism-related taxes to local needs, rather than using these funds exclusively for marketing purposes.

Rich also understands that an economic development strategy for Asheville must focus on the development of small businesses invested in our community, rather than handouts to a few large corporations.

When I organized a community event on affordable housing, Rich showed up with positive ideas. Rich advocates for the increased availability of accessory dwelling units and homestays, while regulating short-term rentals with a common-sense approach that protects the fabric of our neighborhoods.

On each issue, Rich has worked to bring the community together and discuss the facts, a refreshing break from the safe talking points we often hear from political campaigns.

— Patrick Conant
Asheville

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3 thoughts on “Letter writer: Lee supports governmental transparency

  1. Lulz

    LOL, was he at council meetings protesting the lack of transparency lulz? Sustainable growth is happening for the time being. The area is having to cater to more affluent people to do it though LOL. And this will include the selling out of the CBD to corporations. After all, they have the money to pay the higher rents coming. And if you don’t believe me, ask Buckner how Vincenzo’s is going these days.

    Again, what is the difference between all the candidates running? LOL, none.

    • Lulz

      LOL, your experience may not be shared by others lulz.

      There are two upscale hotels going in that area in the center of downtown LOL. They will make an impact like you seem to want to ignore lulz. Oh well.

  2. OneWhoKnows

    Rich Lee disparages VETERANS and HATES the 2nd Amendment…just like a good socialist.

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