I have known Lindsey Simerly for five years, and there are two things I know: 1. Lindsey loves Asheville, and 2. Lindsey is exactly what we need on City Council.
Lindsey’s life in Asheville mirrors many people whose voices and experiences are not often represented in government and policymaking. These are working families trying to patch together minimum-wage jobs to afford exorbitant area rents. When they can’t afford to live downtown, they have to move miles away from their jobs and face transportation challenges. They want to be able to live on their wages without taking multiple jobs. They want safe, healthy places for their children to play and grow. They want a City Council that is responsive to their needs.
Lindsey has the experience and passion to address these concerns and make Asheville better for working families. She has served as the chair of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee and has unparalleled knowledge of the city’s housing situation. She has worked with various nonprofit organizations and with several elected officials who have given her insights on leadership, policymaking and collaboration. As mother to an adorable 2-year-old, Lindsey understands how important recreational spaces are in all neighborhoods, regardless of income. And her work with the Campaign for Southern Equality has enhanced her skills to advocate on behalf of Asheville’s families.
When I think of what makes Asheville great, I think of Lindsey, her experience, her community involvement and passion. Asheville needs Lindsey on City Council to make our future brighter.
— Sarah Grace Zambon