East Buncombe voters have a clear choice in the May 4 primary election between incumbent state Rep. Bruce Goforth and challenger Patsy Keever. The choice is between the politics of self-interest versus the public
Goforth's legislation of 2005, Sullivan Acts II and III, stripped away from the city of Asheville the right to establish water rates proportional with the cost of providing this service. The end result was requiring water lines to be extended far beyond the city limits to such places as the Southcliff subdivision in Fairview. Goforth's reward: Having his business, Goforth Builders, placed at the top of the list of preferred builders in Southcliff. For me, this does not pass the conflict-of-interest smell test.
Patsy Keever, on the other hand, brings to the race a career devoted to working in the public interest. Whether as a 25-year public-school teacher, 12-year Buncombe commissioner, past president of the League of Women Voters or serving on the board of the United Way, Patsy Keever has been a voice for the rest of us. Please support "Good Government" and vote Patsy Keever in the May 4 primary election.
— Chris Pelly