When our family first moved to Montford five years ago, it was Lael Gray who arrived first on our porch, offering to introduce us to her family, her neighborhood and the city she loved. She opened her heart to us, offering her vast store of knowledge about Asheville. She helped us to feel at home in our neighborhood and to better understand Asheville. When we had questions, she was there with an answer. When we had concerns, she was there to offer us perspective. When we wondered where to turn next, she was able to offer us insight and advice that ultimately resulted in our feeling connected to this amazing city we now call our home.
I am convinced that the very qualities that have made Lael a wonderful friend and reliable neighbor will make her a remarkable member of Asheville City Council. She is thoughtful, caring and insightful; she is a compassionate listener, a wise advisor and, at the end of the day, you know that she is solidly there for you. She'll have your back and will be there to help pick up the pieces when things fall apart — and when you succeed, she will be trumpeting your accomplishments and celebrating your success.
In the years that followed our first meeting, I have seen Lael work as a community advocate, supporting the needs of both our youngest and oldest citizens. I have seen her as a passionate advocate for the environment, social justice and diversity. Her track record speaks for itself.
I feel deeply fortunate to call Lael Gray my friend. And I will feel equally fortunate to have her serving on the Asheville City Council. I will be casting my vote for her, not just because she is my friend, but also because she has earned my respect. She deserves your vote as well.
— Lauren Rosenfeld