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…

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…

Assumptions, assumptions

A buried clause, obscured by city staff, spurs the latest chapter in the Airbnb wars and provides a revealing glimpse…

2017 mayoral election guide — Martin Ramsey

Name: Martin Ramsey Profession: Service industry worker In up to two words, describe your political affiliation: independent/socialist In one brief sentence, describe yourself and why you’re running: I’m running for office because working people make Asheville run and we need working people in Asheville’s government.…

Assumptions, assumptions

A buried clause, obscured by city staff, spurs the latest chapter in the Airbnb wars and provides a revealing glimpse into who gets a say in Asheville’s growth Above: a map of the proposed Haywood Road rezoning that ended up the latest flashpoint in the…

Razor’s edge

A night of close and surprising election results show a changing Asheville with harsh political divides and some stark lessons Well, that was revealing. Last Tuesday Ashevillians went to the polls to narrow a sizable and fractious field down to two mayoral and six Council…

VOTE

In the most important and unpredictable local election in over a decade, those who make this city possible must get out and vote. Here’s how Hello readers. For over 12 years I’ve covered our city’s politics, through multiple cycles and a massive amount of change…

Asheville Blade 2017 city primary guide

With the mayorship and three Asheville City Council seats up for election, this year’s primary is more important than ever. Here’s our candidate guide. Above: City Hall by night. Max Cooper While every election has its own importance, if there was ever a year to…

2017 Council primary 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…

2017 Council primary 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 primary guide — Jan Howard Kubiniec

Name: Jan (Howard) Kubiniec Profession: Retired school teacher In up to two words, describe your political affiliation: no politicial affiliation In one brief sentence, describe yourself and why you’re running: Longtime resident, civic activist concerned about our city management. General questions These questions are about problems,…

2017 Council primary 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 primary 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: I am…

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