Gordon Smith files for re-election to Asheville City Council
July 16, 2013
Gordon Smith filed this afternoon as a candidate for re-election to Asheville City Council. “We can grow Asheville’s middle class and become a more independent, more resilient community,” Smith said.
“We can have more living-wage jobs, more affordable housing, more affordable transportation, increased food security, and a culture of equality for all of our citizens. Asheville is an aspirational city, and we can rise to this occasion.”
Gordon Smith joined City Council in 2009. During his first term, Smith was extremely effective - increasing the number of affordable housing units, fully funding the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, adding miles of bike lanes, sidewalks, and greenways, and establishing the inaugural City of Asheville Food Action Plan.
He worked with partners across the state and across the political spectrum to bring living-wage jobs to Asheville at Linamar, New Belgium, GE Aviation, and Plasticard. Asheville led the state in job creation in 2012.
Smith also spearheaded equality efforts for LGBT families. Since 2009 Asheville has made enormous progress toward its carbon reduction goals, including adding single-stream recycling containers and LED streetlights across Asheville. More details about Gordon’s first term are here: http://www.gordonforavl.com/looking-back
In his second term, Smith will promote policies to grow Asheville’s middle class. “Focusing on living wage job growth will put more money in people’s pockets,” Smith asserted, “and we can grow a stronger middle class by increasing affordable housing, affordable transportation, and affordable food.”
Gordon Smith will work on developing a business environment that promotes homegrown small and medium-sized businesses while continuing to attract larger employers to Asheville. His focus on smart growth principles will mean more affordable housing in proximity to employers. Increased access to multimodal transportation options save people money and give them healthy options. Implementation of the Food Action Plan will mean decreased poverty, improved public health, and expansion of local commerce.
“This is about people,” Smith asserts. “It’s about people having better jobs and being able to afford to live in the city they love.” More details of Gordon’s platform are here: http://www.gordonforavl.com/looking-forward
“With the political environment being what it is in Raleigh, Asheville’s going to have to become more independent and more resilient,” Smith said. “It’s been a privilege to serve the people of Asheville, and I’m asking for your vote on November 5th.”
Thank you for all of your support through my first term on Asheville’s City Council. We’ve accomplished a lot together. These steps have taken us closer and closer to being an affordable, sustainable community with a strong middle class. We’re not there yet, and policy decisions forced upon us from Raleigh aren’t making things easier for anybody.
I’m running for re-election to City Council because I believe we can Grow Asheville’s middle class. We can continue to support the creation of living wage jobs and accelerate our medium and small businesses in new ways. We can have more affordable housing, a more comprehensive multimodal transportation network, and stronger food systems. We can invest in our city, creating conditions for a healthy economic future.
Asheville is an aspirational city. We aspire to sustainability in our economy, our environment, and our society. We are people who work hard to make a living and to make a difference. Together we can continue on a path to prosperity that gives everyone the opportunity for a great life.