During the past 29 years that I have lived in Asheville, I have voted consistently — though sometimes unenthusiastically — in all the elections. This upcoming election is very different because I know and respect a candidate running for chairman of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners: Milton Byrd. As a good friend of Milt’s for more than seven years, I have watched him collaborate with many different organizations to help them move towards a more “win-win” situation for everyone involved. I have watched him participate as a coach to individuals and families who are dealing with personal and professional issues that need changing.
The re-election of the same people over the past few years here in Buncombe County has resulted in many decisions that do not reflect the voters’ choices. Leadership in government is supposed to represent what the majority of people want, and not what gives the elected officials more power, authority, prestige and money.
Change is under way. The redistricting of Buncombe County has created an opportunity to rebalance politics for now. Milt is asking for the votes of all people who care about our community, as well as help from them after the election. It will take teamwork. Join him for a new, stewardship-leadership that bridges politics and people, one that blends bold compassion with a strong desire to create the changes needed at this time.
Milt’s position as a former elected official (three terms of office) and former Land-of-Sky-Regional Council member, as well as a long list of civic community leadership positions, give him the experience needed for this critical local position of elected authority as Chairman of the Buncombe County commissioners.
Milt has chosen not to solicit donations to run his campaign for chairman of the Buncombe County commissioners. Instead he relies on sharing his “win-win leadership” perspectives with many groups and people.
I urge you to vote for Milton Byrd for Chairman of the Buncombe County commissioners.
— Elizabeth Pavka