Looking back on 2017, Xpress highlights some of the hundreds of stories we covered in our print editions and online over the year.
“I don’t understand why people won’t vote in larger numbers for the local Council elections. That’s the structure between you and the chaos of national politics.”
“I have seen her not only show up and speak up for the black community, but also I have seen her advocate for a city that is accessible to all of us.”
“His thorough research, compassionate listening ear and pragmatic yet progressive policies are exactly what we need.”
“I will be voting for Gwen and Kim so that we can put their experience, commitment and new ideas together on Asheville City Council.”
“I see in her a devotion to compassionate community leadership. Asheville touts itself as bastion of progressivism, but for that to be true, we need politics that match our people.”
“While there are four women vying for seats on Asheville City Council, Gwen Wisler will not be getting my vote. I base this decision largely on Gwen’s lack of advocacy to fund for Youth Transformed for Life …”
“Dee, a native of Asheville and a small-business owner, has worked for issues of justice all her life as a black woman.”
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“We need leadership who is smart and flexible, who holds fast to the values of equity and affordability but is willing to listen and learn along the way. Kim Roney is that kind of leader.”
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“She has more integrity than almost anyone I’ve ever met, and she puts her muscle where her mouth is, working in common cause with those who are being pushed aside by Asheville’s rapidly gentrifying economy.”
“Gwen is working every day to improve Asheville for our children through her efforts to protect our natural environment, improve our built environment, make our city more equitable and improve our public schools.”
“I’ve had an opportunity to get to know Sheneika during this year’s campaign, and she is the real deal.”
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“Kim is all about making Asheville a thriving, family-centered, supportive and inclusive community for all.”
“Gwen has served as vice mayor for the last four years and has proven herself a sound mind and reasonable voice on our City Council.”
“She is a born leader, and her whole life has been a preparation for this opportunity to represent all of the citizens of Asheville.”
“Personally I will be voting for Sheneika Smith, Dee Williams and Kim Roney. I really believe these three amazing, strong, outspoken, forthright, visionary women will make a huge difference that is needed on our City Council.”
“It is my suggestion that he admit he needs to grow and to begin to take the lead from the powerful voices that have been speaking to him for years from the African-American community.”
“In the past half decade, residents of Asheville have seen their little city transformed — and not in a good way — by seemingly unregulated development, which the present City Council says is beyond their ability to control.”