Tags:Here's the latest message from Asheville City Council candidate Lael Gray, via her campaign's email newsletter:
I’m not a sound bite candidate. The Asheville Citizen-Times has relegated my entire work and community service record down to three words: “Montford Neighborhood Activist.”
But there’s a lot more you should know about me.
I’m an Accomplished Business Woman:
• Founded and operated several small businesses, including a successful graphic design and print management agency and the popular Sweet Heaven Ice Cream & Music Café in Montford·
Managed $1M budget as Director of Marketing Communications for CELLIT Technologies
I’m a Nationally Recognized Educator:
• Developed a unique, nationally recognized, early childhood gardening program to teach values of environmental stewardship to young children·
• Directed all of the children’s programs at the Asheville Jewish Community Center, achieving North Carolina’s highest 5-star rated license·
Smart Start of Buncombe County board member. One of the developers of the Outdoor Learning Environments initiative, “Kids Grow Better Outside,” to encourage more opportunities for children to interact with nature.
I’m an Outspoken Environmentalist:
• Helped to bring diverse neighborhoods together to advocate with elected officials and the DOT for ways to reduce the negative impacts of the I-26 Connector to our community·
Worked to successfully defeat plans to build an oil-burning power plant in Woodfin
I’m an Equal Rights Activist:
• As a Building Bridges facilitator and board member, I bring my commitment to improving race relations in our community
Thank you for being an engaged voter and for taking the time to learn more about me so you can make an informed decision on Tuesday, November 8th. I will bring my experience and skills to the work of City Council, but I can’t do it without your help.
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