Yesterday, after an early morning class at West Asheville Yoga, I rode my bike downtown to watch the Campaign for Southern Equality’s We Do participants make their way to the Register of Deeds Office to be among the first same-sex couples in our community to have their marriage applications accepted by Drew Resinger. After this, I rode to City Bakery for a cup of Dynamite Roasting Company coffee to keep me fueled through the morning. Later, I walked from my office to City Hall for a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, where I and the six other commissioners, along with knowledgeable city staff, plowed through a three-hour meeting. At the end of the work day, I got back on my bike to ride home to West Asheville, where I have safely lived for 15 years.
In one day, I had the opportunity to support local businesses while traveling along our city’s growing bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. I witnessed current City Council members and candidates stand up for equality and justice. I had the opportunity to actively engage in the planning and development of our city. I did all of this with no worries about my safety and security. I give credit to Asheville’s long line of leaders for their role in bringing opportunity to our city. This election cycle, I will vote for leaders who will continue to create opportunity. I saw Gordon Smith walking with the We Do campaigners. Esther Manheimer was with us at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. Gwen Wisler’s role in the cycling community was instrumental in building the facilities I used to make my way around town. I am confident that Esther, Gordon and Gwen will continue to move Asheville along a path of opportunity. They have my vote, and I hope they have yours.
— Kristy Carter
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