Letter writer: Look at candidate’s own statements for views on park issue

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When I shared my reasons last month, I expected them to be my last word on the park issue. Since then, my name has been used, unauthorized, in a robopoll, on mailers and signs. Now I’m one of the subjects of a column suggesting I don’t understand the nuances of funding cities and parks, that if citizens grasped the money involved and the danger (?) of transients congregating in a public park, they’d change their minds about wanting one right away.

In fact, I sit on a committee overseeing city capital projects. I know the financial considerations involved. I believe in the process, even when it’s frustratingly slow, generational work. I’ve followed city budgets for years and, what’s more, handle revenue projections for a living.

As for politics, I would never name my fellow candidates in an attack or participate in push polls or slates. People who know me will say I’m quiet and practical, a problem-solver. I value respectful disagreement that lets both sides continue to work productively. I can’t control what supporters do, but I’ve asked them to be respectful and positive, as I intend to keep doing. I also ask that you only refer to my statements for my positions.

— Rich Lee


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7 thoughts on “Letter writer: Look at candidate’s own statements for views on park issue

  1. bsummers

    I am also impressed with Rich Lee. I think he has the right mix of pragmatism and vision.

    BTW, we will have a decision on the State’s appeal of the City’s victorious ruling on the water issue, any time now. Possibly even tomorrow, primary election day (Tues. the 6th).

    If this issue resonates with you, I recommend Rich Lee. Our group met with him, and I think he grasps the continued need to fight for Asheville’s control of their infrastructure.


      • OneWhoKnows

        the water issue will only be upheld AGAIN due to precedent set in 1903 by Charlotte…we’ve already WASTED
        HALF A MILLION $$$ , with loiyers getting RICH! ENOUGH ALREADY !!!

  2. OneWhoKnows

    For BALANCE and DIVERSITY on City Council, please vote for Dee Williams, John Miall, and Carl Mumpower, all qualified and experienced LEADERS, NOT inept ‘progressives’!

  3. Kitty

    I wish I could vote. I wish we could make a “members only park”. We get a UPC code card to get in and pay 100 bucks a year for privilege. Kind of like the arboretum.

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