Letter writer: Simerly, Hunt and Mayfield advocate for city residents

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As a progressive who’s worked hard to address the big issues facing Asheville, I’m supporting Lindsey Simerly, Marc Hunt and Julie Mayfield for Asheville City Council, and I hope you will, too.

We need public servants who are ready to show up with solutions to our urgent problems. We need Council members who can think strategically about dealing with Raleigh Republicans, who know the ins-and-outs of policy and process, and who have been showing up to fight these fights for years. We need big-picture thinkers who have heard the voices of the people crying out for more affordable housing, more affordable transportation options, a healthy environment and better-paying jobs.

I have seen Lindsey, Marc and Julie tirelessly advocate for the people of Asheville with passion, grace and skill. Lindsey understands the complex world of affordable-housing policy and is at the cutting edge of policy solutions for our city’s working people. Marc understands the complex world of transportation policy and has been an invaluable ally to everyone wanting better transportation infrastructure. Julie understands the complex world of environmental policy and has been a champion for the people through her role fighting Duke Energy’s coal-fired plant. All three of them have succeeded in winning big fights and in bringing people together to do so.

— Gordon Smith
City Council member


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