The Western North Carolina Green Party is proud to support our candidate for Asheville City Council, Dee Williams. With degrees in political science/economics, accounting, and business administration, she brings practical skills and experience to the job.
She is the current chair of the Asheville-Buncombe NAACP Criminal Justice Reform Committee and the Economic Justice Workgroup, which is working to create permanent affordable housing in place of the currently “sunsetted” affordable housing, which reverts to market-priced housing after several years.
Dee is also the WNC coordinator of the “Ban the Box” movement, which seeks to end the practice of forcing former inmates to push the employment self-destruct button by disclosing their incarceration history on job applications.
A native of Asheville, she has been a vocal critic of Asheville’s gentrification boom and a champion of sustainable people-centered development. Dee has decades of organizational experience in small-business development and in fighting for the interests of working people and people of color, whether against racial disparities and cronyism in city contracting or racial disparities in policing. Her platform has four basic components: living-wage jobs, permanent affordable housing, freezing city fees and property taxes for those on fixed or small incomes, and promotion of green jobs and environmental sustainability.
For more information, visit Dee’s campaign website, Dee4AVL.org. And of course, since Dee isn’t taking money from developers or other big donors, any and all donations are gratefully appreciated.
—Text by Erik Parsels