Serving on City Council is a hard job. Having to go through piles of paper every week, on and on. Friends/supporters [and] others all expect you to agree with them 100 percent on all subjects/issues. If you are associated with business interests/groups that are regulated by city government, it can make good business sense to serve—if you can get elected. But for fair-for-a-broad-range-of-residents, good-government community activists, it has got to be a grind over the long haul.
I am very thankful that strong community activists Brownie Newman and Bryan Freeborn are willing to run for re-election/election again. I thank them for their energy and commitment. I also am very happy to see Elaine Lite running for election. She is another ethical, strong, energetic, broad-community activist. She played a major role in the founding of the Mountain Voices Alliance and in Save Our Slopes, as well as prior community-for-everyone activity.
Early voting is going on now at the Buncombe County Board of Elections on the [east] side of the County Courthouse downtown. And if we live in the city of Asheville, I think Newman/Freeborn/Lite deserve our broad support.
— James Sheeler