I am writing to show my support for Gordon Smith for Buncombe County commissioner.
Gordon Smith has been very supportive of the Asheville Small Home Advocacy Committee, an organization founded to make tiny homes more legally viable in the city, and we are making real progress. In the last few months, the City Council made it easier to build accessory dwelling units and is now discussing urban infill options.
Years ago, my partner and I embarked on a unique journey as we built our very own 120-square-foot home here in Western North Carolina. Our tiny home benefited us financially, professionally and personally. For that reason, Asheville SHAC was founded.
Our affordable housing crisis can’t be fixed by tiny homes alone, but they are a piece of the puzzle. I believe that anyone who works in Buncombe County, regardless of job title, should be able to afford to live here. That is why I will vote for Gordon Smith, whose vision for our county includes affordable housing and living wages.
Today, my partner and I blog and speak, in Asheville and around the country, about our tiny house experience. We are grateful for all of the opportunities we’ve had because we were able to think and live outside the box. We want to help others benefit from this lifestyle here in Buncombe County.
Please, make your voice heard in our primary election. Vote on March 15 for Gordon Smith!
— Laura M. LaVoie