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…

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…

2017 Council primary guide — Jeremy Goldstein

Name: Jeremy Goldstein Profession: Commercial Real Estate Brokerage In up to two words, describe your political affiliation: Unaffiliated ​ In one brief sentence, describe yourself and why you’re running: I am a 19-year resident, small business owner, downtown stakeholder, and family man, hoping to contribute my knowledge…

2017 Council primary guide — Adrian Vassallo

Name: Adrian Vassallo Profession: CPA, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP In up to two words, describe your political affiliation: Democrat In one brief sentence, describe yourself and why you’re running: For 12 years I’ve been working throughout our community, I want to bring my experience and skillset…

2017 Council primary guide — Andrew Fletcher

Name: Andrew Fletcher Profession: Musician (jazz piano), Tour Guide (LaZoom) In up to two words, describe your political affiliation: Independent In one brief sentence, describe yourself and why you’re running: I believe our politicians should live like the people they represent, which means we need…

2017 Council primary 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] 1. Of the current top city officials that answer directly…

2017 Council primary guide — Cecil Bothwell

Name: Cecil Bothwell Profession: Publisher/Artist/Carpenter In up to two words, describe your political affiliation: Progressive Democrat In one brief sentence, describe yourself and why you’re running: I’m an environmentalist and have successfully advanced green issues, advanced Civil Liberties, improved transit and helped increase housing affordability…

2017 mayoral primary 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. I pledge to…

2017 Council primary guide — Gwen Wisler

Name: Gwen Wisler Profession: Vice Mayor of Asheville, Owner of Asheville Profits LLC, a consulting firm that asks clients to pay for services by donating time to a local non-profit In up to two words, describe your political affiliation: Democrat In one brief sentence, describe…

2017 mayoral primary guide — Esther Manheimer

Name: Esther Manheimer 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 city government and…

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