Rich Lee: See What We Can Do

I’m filing as a candidate for Asheville City Council because I believe Asheville ought to be doing better, and I believe we can. I invite everyone to see what we can do together. Let’s begin with the everyday ways we experience life in our city — our bus system, infrastructure, housing. We can see improvement in these now, even as we plan for a drastically different future. A future in which we see safe, deeply affordable, and equitable neighborhoods and schools for all of us. A future in which we meet our commitments to 100% renewable energy. A future we only reach together. That’s why this campaign is a “we” effort, a you-and-I effort, an effort that includes everybody who calls this place home. Join me to see what we can do, together. – Rich Lee

“We can improve our day-to-day experiences in our city—right now. We can make things better now, even as we plan for a drastically different future.”

Family & Community

My wife Lindsay teaches special education. I work as a financial advisor helping local families plan for their futures. Together we are raising our four children in East Asheville. They are Asheville natives and public school students. We feel a tremendous responsibility to ensure our community supports every family. For the past eight years I’ve organized neighbors to expand bus lines, fix broken streets, budget for and build greenways, and place equity and inclusion at the center of all we do. I served as Chair of our city’s Multimodal Commission since 2017.

Service & Leadership

I believe in service and in paying it forward. I am loyal, independent and outspoken. You can count on me to show up and do the work. You can count on me to lead and to amplify the voices of others who rise to lead. Together we can continue the work toward achieving accountability in our government and police department, dismantling systems that feed inequality and climate change, serving and preparing our students, and leveraging hotel taxes to work for the people who serve all those visitors. 

I believe our real need for a drastically different future has immobilized us. With your help, I’ll make sure we get moving, set goals, engage our entire community to work together, and keep raising the bar

Progress You Can Measure

The measure of my success as your City Council member will be to see a meaningful improvement in your daily life: an improvement to your neighborhood that makes you feel more at home, more connected and safe; an improvement to city services that means getting around is easier, safer, and more accessible. It will be something you see, feel, or experience that compels you to say, Life here is getting better.

It will be seeking and respecting voices that have often gone unheard. It will be setting our course for the future together instead of being swept into it by inertia. The measure of my success will be that you feel more at home in your neighborhood, more safe, more connected

“The measure of my success will be that you feel more at home in your neighborhood, more safe, more connected. ”

I’ve seen us in action. I believe we can do this. I’m excited to see what we can accomplish together. I’m grateful for Lindsay and her support, and the love and hopes of our four children, Curran, Cora, Arie and Emily. Please get in touch, stay in touch, and share with me your ideas of what we can achieve.


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Rich Lee for Asheville City Council

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Rich Lee for Asheville City Council 2020: See What We Can Do

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