Marc Hunt: A candidate who has fun getting things done

He’s emerged as a leader in the Oct. 11 primary for City Council; now I encourage Asheville citizens to continue to support Marc Hunt for City Council on election day. I support him because I’ve seen the way he initiates positive changes in our city.

Two winters ago, Marc invited four community members for a bike ride around Asheville, connecting sidewalks, streets and the French Broad River Greenway. On a cold winter’s day, he coaxed us to bundle up and ride with him around the town, on back roads and parking lots, down alleys and over the railroad tracks. He did his research; he knew parcels of land owned by the city and how they connected to existing greenways. He talked about a unified web of safe paths that could connect us as a community. He led us on a trail beside Hominy Creek on property not yet owned by the city, describing it as a key purchase that would connect West Asheville with Asheville's downtown, via safe paths and bike lanes.

The Hominy Creek purchase is now a reality: citizens can follow that trail on bike or foot, connecting West Asheville to downtown. Marc had the vision. He had the energy to ride the streets and figure out the details, and in leading consensus through his position on the Greenway Commission, he provided a solution that will benefit us all. And through it all, there was an infectious sense of the fun in all this, in the pleasure of making positive civic change. That’s what good leaders do.

Let’s make more changes like this happen! They are why we need Hunt in our city's leadership. Please vote for Marc in the general election on Nov. 8.

— Gordon Grant

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