The 7-member Board sets the policy for the county, determining the strategic vision for the county, appoints a county manager, attorney and others to serve the county, adopts ordinances, including zoning, and establishes an annual budget, which includes setting the tax rate and calling bond referendums. Commissioners are elected in partisan elections in even-numbered years and serve staggered 4-year terms.
Working to do what is Best for Buncombe County by listening, engaging and working for all of the citizen's of our County.
With Revenues being impacted by the shut down of business across our County,it is imperative that the Commission face the challenge of getting business back open.While safety,is a concern, business must continue.
As a current member of the Early Education Committee for the Commission we are faced with not only budget constraints but the need to address education challenges across the County. It is critical; to concentrate on the classroom and less on bureaucracy
Supporting small businesses and focusing on getting people back to work. It is important to reduce burdensome and unnecessary regulations.
I am a long serving volunteer and Early Education advocate with DSS and DHHS. It is important to engage Community Leaders and volunteers to address our particular community needs It is so important to be a good listener...
My deep roots give me a strong foundation, and my broad vision is inclusive as we work together to make Buncombe stronger and healthier for all.
While development is still a pressing issue that we will address, we will also have to be responsive to our current and pervasive health and equity issues. As we strategically plan for our future I will ensure that we view policies through both a health and equity lens; we must take this broader approach for the well-being and sustainability of our community. Careless development threatens our natural resources and the character of this place we love. We need to permit the rational and sustainable development that we want and need. We all want Buncombe County to continue to be the place we want to call home; to ensure this, we must be good stewards of our resources.
As a former public school teacher and program director for Asheville City Schools Foundation, I have seen first hand the challenges that students bring to school with them, and we must ensure that Buncombe County dedicates the funding to support and educate all of our children so that they may thrive in life.
While I believe that our state should be held accountable for their responsibilities to schools (see Leandro Report), I also recognize that we cannot allow our children to suffer from the lack of political will at the state level. We must dedicate the funding and support to ensure that we meet these needs:
Highly qualified, and well-prepared teachers, which findings show that salaries and working conditions influence retention and school effectiveness.
All children should have the opportunity to attend high-quality early childhood programs.
Provide comprehensive whole-child supports, including professional staff such as nurses,
counselors, psychologists, and social workers.
Research has shown that integrated, whole-child approaches to learning, such as a
community-schools approach, can help improve struggling schools. These schools have partnerships with wraparound services and local businesses to make the school a community center and a place that children want to be.
I will continue to support programs that provide business training, incubation, and acceleration so that we continue to develop our homegrown talent. I will also continue my work to ensure that no matter where you live in our county that you have access to high-quality, high-speed Broadband Internet; this not only directly impacts our citizens' economic opportunities, but also their education and health outcomes.
I see a critical need for improved and more widely available mental health services as part of our work to promote the health, safety, and opportunity for our community members so that they are able to thrive. This directly impacts many families in Buncombe County, and we specifically need to improve service to our schools.