• Lael Gray
• Marc Hunt
• Chris Pelly
• The AB Tech Referendum
Early voting has started in the City Council election. Election Day is November 8.
Here's a guide to the candidates:
Mark Cates is endorsed by the Asheville Tea Party PAC. He has never before voted in a City Council election. Cates opposed the early voting sites for this election. How can you oppose the neighborhood sites and then ask people to go to those sites and vote for you?
Saul Chase served on the Boone Town Council. He supports better streets and sidewalks.
Jan Davis has been on City Council for eight years. He frequently voted with Carl Mumpower, and he donated to Mumpower's campaign.
Some of Davis' recent votes:
• Voted against the neighborhood early voting sites. (He supported the downtown early voting site where his business support is.)
• Voted against reopening the pedestrian bridge over I-240 to Hillcrest (where several deaths occurred).
• Voted against domestic partner benefits for City employees.
• Voted for the 51 Biltmore project, paying over $3 million for a property with a tax value of $870,000.
• Voted to waive the rules for developers to erect larger signs and more signs.
• Voted to de-regulate downtown development, handing Council's power over to the boards and commissions. (This vote was so unpopular that the Buncombe County Democratic Party Convention voted to ask Council to rescind it.)
Lael Gray Endorsed by the Sierra Club. Smart Start board member. Active with Jewish Community Center, worked on the I-26 Connect Us Project, Building Bridges facilitator. "Education, Environment, Equality."
Marc Hunt Endorsed by the Sierra Club. Founder and former CEO of Nantahala Outdoor Center. Former Chairman of the Greenways Commission. Supports walkable neighborhoods, sustainability and the environment, social and economic justice.
Chris Pelly Endorsed by the Sierra Club. Supports the AB Tech referendum, LGBT rights, council-controlled development, and a bond referendum for more sidewalks, greenways and bike lanes. Says that the needs of neighborhoods have been neglected for too long. Long-time President of Haw Creek Neighborhood Association and former President of CAN, the Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods.
--the folks at PARC
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