Asheville City Council Elections

The Asheville Mayor and City Council elections are right around the corner.  Primaries will serve to narrow the four mayoral candidates down to two and the 12 council candidates to six. Council primary winners will compete for three seats on the final November ballot.  

We've been looking around to see who does or doesn't support 4B.   If this issue is important to you, here is some information that may help you with your voting choices.   We have included some contact information for the candidates as well.

First, we found an interesting survey done by the Chamber.   You can find it at 2017 ASHEVILLE CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE SURVEY.   They posed the question "Do you support the I-26 connector as currently designed? [Yes/No}" We have included their answer in the table below.

Secondly, we asked the question "What are your thoughts on the I-26 expansion (specifically 4B) as proposed by the NCDOT and as supported by Council Member Julie Mayfield?"   We  have summarized their responses below.  (We will continue to add/update responses as they come in.)

Note:   It seemed virtually impossible to get contact information for the new mayoral candidates so we can't post anything for them.

Lastly, the primary is on October 10.   The general election is on November 7.   Early voting starts September 21 (see Buncombe County Election Services, Early Voting Dates for a complete schedule.)

We encourage you to let them know that their support for 4B will cost them your vote!

 

Council Candidate Chamber Survey Response Response to Us Contact Information
Pratik Bhakta: Hotelier No Respose Generally Yes, with some concerns; open to alternatives [javascript protected email address]
Contact form: http://pratik4citycouncil.com/contact.html
https://pratik4citycouncil.com
Cecil Bothwell (incumbent): Green Builder, Writer/Editor No Not sold on 4B
Cites sources on large scale rollout of driverless cars and trucks by 2021, 80-90% drop in private car ownership by 2030, efforts to cut carbon emissions; president of the southeast traffic engineers association states that human drivers will likely be banned in cities; and the National League of Cities advises to think three times before another parking deck
http://www.cecilbothwell.com
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(828) 713-8840
Andrew Fletcher: Musician No answer given No response https://www.facebook.com/FletcherForAVLCouncil/ No contact information: Message on Facebook
Jeremy Goldstein: Realtor Yes His main concern is public safety.  The current situation is dangerous, will cost lives and must be addressed in a manner that is respectful to surrounding neighborhoods.  He is in favor of a solution that is supported by a majority of our community.  His understanding is that NCDOT's initial version of 4B is not exactly the 4B endorsed by our community.  However, NCDOT continues to revise and adjust. https://goldstein2017.squarespace.com
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Contact form: https://goldstein2017.squarespace.com/contact/
Vijay Kapoor: Economic Consultant No answer given He lives in south Asheville and has worked with many neighborhood groups there with their transportation issues. He is researching I26-4B now. http://kapoorforcouncil.org
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Jan (Howard) Kubiniec: Beaucatcher Neighborhood Activist No response Basically Yes since downsized to 6 lanes and trust in Julie Mayfield

http://www.jan4avl.com
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Contact form: http://www.jan4avl.com/contact.html

Rich Lee: Financial Advisor Yes

A founding member of a neighborhood that stands to be affected by the I-26 Connector -- East West Asheville.  A member of the ConnectUs group formed by Julie Mayfield to handle neighborhood concerns about the project. They didn't endorse 4B, but he was mostly okay that was the base design chosen by city and county (and ultimately the state DOT.)  Since then, however, a number of issues have come to light that need to be addressed (including enormous retaining walls.)  

As a member of the Multimodal Commission and a city DOT working group, specifically urged the city to hire outside highway experts to advise on certain sections. He hopes this means we have expertise in our corner going forward.

http://www.richworksfor.me
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Contact form: http://www.richworksfor.me/contact_us
Kim Roney: Public Transit Advocate No Member of Asheville's Multi-Modal Transportation Commission and concerned that their comprehensive plan does not address the I-26 Connector in a proactive way. She is encouraged by the decrease in the number of additional lanes, a positive turn of events considering impact on historic black neighborhoods and the environment. She feels that a lot more work needs to be done on planning and advocating around the I-26 Connector and will passionately continue that work. https://kimroneyforasheville.com
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Sheneika E. Smith: Green Opportunities Staffer Yes No response www.sheniekaforasheville.com
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Adrian Vassallo: Accountant No Thinks that DOT has not thoroughly embraced 4B. Feels we need to get this project started, being mindful about how much acreage is taken (or actually regain) in the process. Damaging neighborhoods like Burton Street and Montford is not acceptable and feels sure we can continue to get DOT to work towards a better solution. http://www.adrianforasheville.com
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Dee Williams: Green Party Candidate Yes

She is working with low income and minority neighborhoods to assure that their benefits and rights are preserved. Once Community Benefits Agreements are negotiated...the construction schedule with the least impact needs to proceed. Feels that since there is no adequate, coordinated multi-modal plan, the best that we can hope for is construction which minimizes the impact of the outdated ways of most DOT projects.

See her video at https://www.dee4avl.com/ask-dee/ 

https://www.dee4avl.com
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Gwen Wisler (incumbent): Business woman, former CEO of The Coleman Company Yes Yes
States this as a possible first time that DOT has allowed citizens and municipalities to sit side by side and plan a project like this; working to make the I-26 expansion the smallest footprint it can be with the least impact to neighborhoods while improving safety
http://www.gwenwisler.com [javascript protected email address]
828-333-1767

 

 

 

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