Tags:Asheville City Council member Bill Russell posted the following message to his Facebook page on Nov. 4. Russell dropped his own bid for reelection in September, citing the need to spend more time with his family.
I hope you'll consider voting for Jan Davis, Marc Hunt, and Mark Cates this year. Let me tell you why.
Jan Davis is Asheville's anchor on City Council. Moderate and always fair, I admire Jan for his steady wisdom, his balance, and the institutional experience he brings in these very fast-moving times. It's also been a real privilege to serve with a man that history will regard as one of Asheville's finest citizens. Let's keep Jan Davis on City Council.
For the last four years, I've also had the pleasure of working with Marc Hunt: he's a smart, compassionate, and hard-working guy. And he's also proven to me that he's receptive to new ideas and, importantly, he works well in a mature spirit of compromise. Unlike some, he is not a partisan ideologue. Mark Hunt will make a valuable addition to City Council.
I'm also voting for Mark Cates. Although I don't know him personally, I can tell you that he's run a positive, upbeat campaign focused on Jobs and the Economy — and providing essential city services without raising Property Taxes. Sometimes that's a lone voice, but it's voice that needs to be heard.
We all find ourselves at an uncertain financial crossroads. I believe that it's in our best interests to have a City Council that's a true reflection of who we all are — Democrats, Independents, and Republicans — so we can work things out together. That's how the best decisions for our city are made: now's not the time to take a Hard-left turn on City Council. Let's keep some balance as we move forward.
Thank you. And thank you for giving me the honor of serving the people of Asheville.
Asheville City Council