Job #1 when I’m elected to City Council.

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Are you an Asheville voter? Check your precinct here.

City precincts have been recalculated recently by the Buncombe County Board of Elections. Here’s a list, sorted by Zip Code. Look for your precinct number or voting location within your Zip code to find out if you’ll be voting in this year’s Asheville city elections.

28704
54 Lutheran Church of the Nativity 28704
55 Glen Arden School 28704

28715
45 Enka Middle School 28715

28732
57 Skyland Fire Substation 28732

28801
1 Stephens Lee Community Center 28801
10 W.C. Reid Recreation Center 28801
11 Asheville Senior Opp Center 28801
2 Montford Community Center 28801
3 St. Marks Lutheran Church 28801

28803
8 Shiloh Community Center 28803
7 Kenilworth Presbyterian Church 28803
60 Covenant Community Church 28803
18 T.C. Roberson High School 28803
19 Skyland Fire Dept 28803
29 New Hope Presbyterian Church 28803

28804
4 North Asheville Community Ctr 28804
5 St. Eugene’s Church 28804
17 Beth Israel Synagogue 28804
22 Beaverdam Community Center 28804
27 Ira B. Jones School 28804
28 Covenant Reformed Presby Ch 28804
71 Woodland Hills Baptist Church 28804

28805
20 Asheville Apostolic Church 28805
6 Trinity Presbyterian Church 28805
9 Murphy-Oakley Community Ctr 28805
21 Haw Creek Elementary School 28805
23 Evergreen Charter School 28805
25 Charles C. Bell School 28805
62 Grassy Branch Baptist Church 28805

28806
12 Hall Fletcher School 28806
13 Grace Baptist Church 28806
14.2 Asheville Pre-school 28806
14.3 Eliada Home – PA Rec Ctr 28806
15 Vance Elementary School 28806
16 West Asheville Library 28806
24 Crossroads Assembly 28806
26 Asheville School Athletic Ctr 28806
43 Hazel 2-Johnston School 28806
44 Lower Hominy-Oak Forest Ch 28806

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Kelly Miller’s conflict of interest

Kelly Miller was appointed to the Asheville City Council following an undemocratic process. In just a few weeks he skidded to the edge of political ethics.

In January, during the otherwise hum-drum second session of the annual Council retreat, the question of diverting part of Asheville’s hotel tax to repair of the Civic Center came up. Current law mandates that 3/4 of the hotel tax go to the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, the other 1/4 goes to projects that enhance Asheville’s appeal to tourists. (Among other things, that money was used to fund the new Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center). Miller argued that the money should not be diverted. He is Executive Director of the Chamber and at least some of his salary and much of his budget is derived from the hotel tax money.

There couldn’t be a clearer appearance of conflict of interest, though, by some lights he hasn’t actually violated any law.

Nor is this the first time Miller has skated near that hole in the ice. At a formal session a couple of weeks ago he stood up from his seat on the Council and took the podium to deliver a pitch from the Chamber to the Council. He then resumed his seat to continue with deliberations.

Henceforth I would hope that Miller will recuse himself from any votes involving Chamber business.
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Other business at the Saturday session chiefly involved committee appointments and Council procedures. There were a few heated exchanges sparked by Carl Mumpower, but nothing of particular note. Toward the end of the meeting the Council went into closed session to discuss the ongoing Water Authority law suit. Four reporters, a camera man and myself waited for an hour on the premise that they would go back into open session and offer some public information about the water fight. But when we were allowed back in the room, the meeting quickly adjourned.
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Read the Asheville Citizen-Times coverage of Miller’s action here.