Oaths of office

New Asheville City Council members are sworn in, old ones depart and oaths are administered as the victors of November’s…

Every day I wake up is a victory

Power, survival, gender, politics and transitioning in a time of upheaval. The Blade‘s editor tells their story and how they got…

Sleepless summer

White supremacy, the failures of Asheville liberalism and one activist’s journey through grassroots organizing during a revealing summer in our…

Escalation time

A major Airbnb showdown is delayed (until tonight) as new information emerges that the industry is gobbling up more housing…

Oaths of office

New Asheville City Council members are sworn in, old ones depart and oaths are administered as the victors of November’s election take their seats Above: Locals gathered as the Dec. 15 swearing-in ceremony began. Photo by Max Cooper. On Dec. 5, after the hardest-fought election…

Every day I wake up is a victory

Power, survival, gender, politics and transitioning in a time of upheaval. The Blade‘s editor tells their story and how they got here. I don’t write much about my personal life in the Blade, but at this point multiple readers have asked me to publish this piece here.…

Sleepless summer

White supremacy, the failures of Asheville liberalism and one activist’s journey through grassroots organizing during a revealing summer in our city Above: Protesters, including the author, try to pry a plaque lauding Robert E. Lee off a monument in the middle of downtown. Photo by…

Escalation time

A major Airbnb showdown is delayed (until tonight) as new information emerges that the industry is gobbling up more housing than before and the river remains a major battleground in the city’s future Above: a key part of the Oct. 24 presentation on the city’s…

Asheville Blade 2017 city general election guide

As the most important election in many years nears the finish line, here’s our guide on where the mayoral and Council candidates about some of the key issues facing our city Above: City Hall under renovation. Photo by Bill Rhodes. As we’ve repeatedly emphasized here…

2017 Council election guide — Dee Williams

Name: Dee Williams Profession: President, Dee Williams and Company, Inc.(small business, non-profit, government community economic development, contract acquisition/management, financial analysis, loan packaging, and capacity-building). In up to two words, describe your political affiliation: Independent, Greens In one brief sentence, describe yourself and why you’re running:…

2017 Council election guide — Rich Lee

Name: Rich Lee Profession: Socially-responsible financial planner In up to two words, describe your political affiliation: Progressive Democrat In one brief sentence, describe yourself and why you’re running: I believe my experience as a community organizer, working to make local government more transparent and responsive…

2017 Council election guide — Vijay Kapoor

Name: Vijay Kapoor Profession: Municipal Budget and Compensation Consultant In up to two words, describe your political affiliation: Democrat In one brief sentence, describe yourself and why you’re running: I’m the child of immigrant parents from India and Poland, have worked in and around local…

2017 Council election guide — Sheneika Smith

Name: Sheneika Smith Profession: [candidate did not reply] In up to two words, describe your political affiliation: [candidate did not reply] In one brief sentence, describe yourself and why you’re running:[candidate did not reply] General questions These questions are about problems, challenges or topics facing…

2017 Council election guide — Kim Roney

Name: Kim Roney Profession: Piano Teacher / Service Industry Worker In up to two words, describe your political affiliation: Independent In one brief sentence, describe yourself and why you’re running: Asheville is at a critical turning point and needs courageous leaders as brave as the…

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