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Mapping Asheville’s Politics:
Asheville Downtown Association details the lack of ratepayer representation on the water study committee.

David Ganett, Buncombe County Commission Chair:
“If the General Assembly is successful in taking the city water system, it will be one of the biggest thefts in the world.”

Martin Nesbitt, N.C. State Senator, Buncombe County:
Via the Asheville Citizen-Times

Barry Summers, on “Privatizing Asheville’s Water”:
Barry Summers presents his research into a water privatization situation in Tryon, just south of Asheville, as well as Rep. Moffitt’s activities on a Public-Private Partnerships committee in Raleigh. A look at what that could mean for Buncombe’s water.


Mountain Voices Alliance Forum at Jubilee, Feb. 20. 2012. (Thanks to Davyne Dial and John Blackwell.) This panel featured Jan Davis, Asheville City Council, David Gantt, Chairman, Buncombe County Commission (via video due to previous engagement), Patsy Keever, N.C. Representative, Buncombe County, Chuck McGrady, N.C. Representative, Henderson County, Joe Minicozzi, Executive Director, Asheville Downtown Association, Tim Moffitt, N.C. Representative, Buncombe County,  Katie Hicks, Assistant Director, Clean Water for North Carolina, Marc Hunt, Asheville City Council, Susan Kask, Ph.D. Economics, Warren Wilson College, Barry Summers, Public-Interest Activist,

League of Women Voters Forum at Grace Presbyterian, Feb. 13, 2012. Panelists included Esther Manheimer, the Asheville City Council representative to the legislative study committee; State Rep. and former Flat Rock town councilman Chuck McGrady; and Dr. Gene Rainey, the chair of the Buncombe County Commission when the Regional Water Authority was established in 1994. The panel will also include representation from the Legislative committee and experts from the Asheville Water Department and the Metropolitan Sewerage District, who will be able to provide technical expertise.