In June, I made a donation to Marc Hunt’s campaign for Asheville City Council. For me to donate money to a political candidate is uncommon, especially so in Marc’s case because I live in Bryson City and can’t even vote in the Asheville election. Yet once I heard Marc was running, I gladly made the donation — unsolicited — because I know Marc really well, I know what a good guy he is, and I believe it is good for all us to have people like Marc in government.
I’ve known Marc for over 30 years, starting with 18 days spent on a wilderness river trip he organized and led, to working together as managers at the Nantahala Outdoor Center and since through our mutual common interests. I have paid special attention to Marc’s great work with Self-Help Credit Union and the Open Space Institute.
I want Marc in government because he is one of the most effective people I’ve ever been around. He is extraordinarily intelligent, energetic and thoughtful, but what makes him so uniquely effective is that he combines those qualities with an amazingly calm, even-tempered and reasonable personality. It is a calm that originates in complete comfort with who he is and thorough preparation for any position he takes. He will study and know both sides of an issue, which not only makes him a powerful advocate, but which also lets him appreciate and respect those on the other side. You always prefer him on your side on any issue, but even when he’s not, you will know that you were heard and your position understood.
So I encourage you to do what I wish I could do in Swain County: Vote to re-elect Marc Hunt.
— Billy Richards