Also, the Asheville Citizen-Times has reported that Michael Edwards, an Asheville attorney who held office for 16 years on Marion City Council in McDowell County, is considering a run. Keith Young, a former candidate for Buncombe County commissioner, is also considering a run, according to the newspaper.
The three seats up for election are those held by Councilmen Jan Davis, Marc Hunt and Chris Pelly. None of the three incumbents has said publicly whether they will seek re-election in 2015.
Here’s the latest evidence that Rich Lee might be a little more serious – the Rich Lee for Asheville City Council website. The site’s still a work in progress, but there’s plenty to take in. Here’s Lee:
Everyone knows that on January 1st, Asheville was named the #1 U.S. tourist destination on Good Morning America. Whatever sense we might have held onto of being a quiet, somewhat-under-the-radar town seems to be falling by the wayside now. There’s a feeling that Asheville is at a tipping point. With another 6,000 arrivals expected by 2020, major infrastructure projects underway in the River Arts District, a planned revision of the zoning code, and a building boom of hotels and large developments butting up against old neighborhoods, good or bad, the face of Asheville is set to change significantly by the end of the decade, and all against the backdrop of many working and marginalized people just keeping heads above water.
And yet there’s so much to love here. So much worth fighting for. Long before Asheville was Good Morning America’s top vacation pick, we were a top-ranked city for volunteerism and community involvement, a place where minimum-wage employees met after shifts to plan community efforts and festivals, to push for better buses and community gardens. The spirit of Asheville is strong. It’s why I’m hopeful we’ll be writing the story of surviving our success, why I’m running for City Council in 2015 – to protect our economic diversity, house and help our most vulnerable members, foster opportunities for the struggling, and make good, safe places in all our neighborhoods. Please take a moment to read through this site, like the campaign on Facebook, offer comments, donations or your volunteer efforts. I’ll be making regular updates, so check back, please! Thanks, Rich
On the site, Lee talks about moving to the area in 1997, meeting and marrying his wife, moving away and then returning to Asheville and starting a family. According to the site, Lee lives in a 100-year-old home in West Asheville and works as a financial advisor for Edward Jones Investments, serving local families with a focus on long-term sustainable and socially-responsible investing.
Head over to richleeforasheville.com and check it out.