Part-time Council doesn’t do it

Who else was appalled by Brownie [Newman]‘s statement to the effect that had he and the Council known that there was such strong conviction about the partisan-election issue, they might have voted differently?

The Council is elected to represent the members of the community, yet here is a Council member stating for the record that he had no conception of the preferences of his constituency. Bravo!

Asheville desperately needs full-time Council members. Five-sevenths of this Council should not be allowed to balance their own checkbooks, much less the budget of our fair city. The issues that face Asheville are too complex and serious to be handled by part-timers only in it for the glory.

Partisan elections are not one of the complex issues facing Asheville, but thankfully, perhaps, they have highlighted a weakness in our governance that can be remedied.

— Jon King
West Asheville

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