I love Buncombe County...
And it is my incredible honor to serve on Asheville City Council where I am a champion for public transit, affordable housing, managing growth, and making the transition to clean, renewable energy. My focus is always on putting people and our environment first.
At times, this has required taking on a Goliath. As co-director of the regional conservation nonprofit MountainTrue, I helped lead the movement to shut down Duke Energy’s coal-fired power plant on Lake Julian and clean up their coal ash pits. Often, the work is more about connecting people and finding common ground. I’ve worked with local communities to protect our forests and rivers and to make our region healthier and more sustainable, and I advocate for these same issues with our legislators in Raleigh.
We face difficult challenges – specifically when it comes to protecting our communities and environment in the face of rapid growth, enabling people to live healthy lives, ensuring elections are fair and free, and ensuring no one is left behind. We also need more flexibility to address our specific local challenges than Raleigh currently allows. As the next Senator for North Carolina’s 49th District, I will put my vision, values, experience and know-how to work to make a better Buncombe for all.
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A Green New Deal for North Carolina
I will take on climate change and restore protections for air and water to keep our communities healthy and safe. By adopting a North Carolina-specific “Green New Deal”, we will make our region more resilient to the effects of a changing climate, invest in better transportation options, and create more renewable energy and green jobs that will make our region prosperous.
A New Prescription for Health and Equity
In addition to fighting big Pharma and expanding Medicaid, I will fight for a holistic approach to health and equity—two issues that are tightly linked. Access to quality housing, sufficient food, reliable transportation, safe places to live and play, educational opportunities, healthcare, economic stability—all of these are necessary for both a healthy and an equitable community.
A General Assembly That Helps Or Gets Out Of The Way
Raleigh holds us hostage when it comes to enacting Local Living Wage laws, generating other revenues, granting equal rights to the LGBTQ+ members of our community, releasing body cam video, enacting green building standards, and implementing a plastic bag ban. As your legislator, I will fight to unchain Asheville and Buncombe County from these restraints. The General Assembly has been an obstacle to local progress for far too long.
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