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Had different experiences with mayoral candidates

It is not often that citizens ask to meet with their elected officials, so when we do they usually respond. Every mayor I’ve requested a meeting with has been forthcoming. I find that to be a commendable trait that is in line with our democracy and what elected officials were elected to do .

Mayor Michael Sobol was one of those mayors who was not only open to meeting with me but a joy to talk to. I even found his demeanor while leading town meetings to be one of respect and civility, which is why it was a complete surprise to hear that Don Collins, an alderman, filed last-minute to run against Sobol without mentioning this to the mayor himself.

This gives me great pause because when I asked to meet with Don Collins to discuss a climate issue, he simply refused to meet with me and managed to discourage any more meetings with the rest of the aldermen. I find this not only disconcerting but not in line with the town’s code of ethics resolution. So do the voters of Black Mountain want a mayor who will or won’t listen to their concerns whether he agrees with them or not? 

Steffi Rausch

Swannanoa

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