The Sierra Club has endorsed Julie Mayfield, Marc Hunt and Lindsey Simerly for Asheville City Council after reviewing the records, experience and positions of the candidates on a broad range of environmental issues rather than one single issue. All three of these candidates join the Sierra Club in supporting:
• Closure of the Asheville coal-fired electric plant and construction of a natural gas power plant only after maximizing the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency.
• Full implementation of the city’s 80 percent carbon-reduction initiative.
• More greenways, bike lanes, sidewalks and improved bus service to make our city more livable for all residents.
• Supporting a significant public plaza or park, and opposing a hotel, across from the Basilica [of St. Lawrence].
Mayfield has spent most of her career working as an environmental attorney and for environmental organizations protecting the environment. Hunt spent much of his career working on land conservation and spent years as chair of the city’s greenways commission championing greenways and bike lanes. Simerly worked for an environmental organization battling fast-food chains to get them to use sustainable forest products in their paper products.
— Ken Brame
WNC Sierra Club Chair