Esther Manheimer, Gordon Smith and Cecil Bothwell have disappointed me.
They voted for a $2 million art-museum tax and denied giving any of their personal money to the Asheville Art Museum (it was OK to spend your tax dollars but not their personal money), short-funded the “rainy-day fund” with less than two months’ operating expense, are trying to please too many special interests and are not focusing on basic city services, are not demanding that the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority withdraw the $1.5 million grant commitment reserve to the Art Museum due to nonperformance, and did not take swift action to deal with the ownership of the airport and water system.
John Miall should be mayor. John is a national leader in employee health care, thoughtful in judgment and spending, focused on basic city services, knowledgeable of city operations, an Asheville native and an articulate speaker. I am making a $500 donation to his campaign today. Join me with your contribution and your vote.
— Ken Michalove
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