As the upcoming and very important City Council elections approach, I encourage my fellow Asheville residents to vote for Jan Davis. Mr. Davis has served our city very well for the past eight years as a cohesive and coalition-building voice on City Council. Davis is a life-long resident, a successful downtown small-business owner and former vice mayor; his votes on issues before Council have continually demonstrated his understanding of the needs for timely actions to improve the lives of residents and business operators in a nonpartisan fashion.
Just a few of the recent significant issues benefiting Asheville include: Jan’s role in helping improve employee retention (and thereby increasing resident safety) in the city’s Fire and Police departments; assisting with the actions to obtain the three-year contract for Asheville to host the Southern Conference basketball tournaments; helping establish and maintain efforts toward the planning and construction of the Asheville Performing Arts Center; finalizing the Master Plan for downtown; enhancing the city’s working relationship with UNC Asheville; assisting with obtaining the necessary financing for the major renovations now under way at the Civic Center; and furthering development of the River Arts District and the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan through the creation of the Asheville River Front Re-development Commission.
Davis’ concerns and actions reach across traditional political, demographic, and socio-economic boundaries within our community. He recognizes that for Asheville to continue its recent successes, our city, county and state leaders must cooperate and work together.
Jan Davis is a proven leader who can perpetuate that cooperation. Please vote for Jan Davis in the Oct.11 primary and again in the Nov. 8 general election.
— Mike Burke
Civic Center Commission