Government Accountability Project Asheville



Things that seem problematic

Asheville and Buncombe County Non-Discrimination Ordinances

In the 5/6/24 GAP Report, we highlighted the lack of any findings of discrimination in the three years since non-discrimination ordinances were passed by both the Asheville City Council and the Buncombe County Commission, despite 55 complaints being initiated.

Our Ask

We encouraged the Asheville City Council and the Buncombe County Commission to investigate why many complainants dropped out of the process, and to consider amending and improving the ordinances and review process so they might be more effective.

Please see the GAP Report for 5/6/24 for more details about this issue and how you can advocate with us.




We are aware of no response from elected officials in either government. We encourage you to keep reaching out to them and advocating for action. Our email template is at the bottom of our 5/6/24 GAP Report.

GAP Supporter Actions Taken: 9

Recipients and Responses:

Asheville City Council

  • Mayor Esther Manheimer: No response
  • Vice Mayor Sandra Kilgore: No response
  • City Council Member Antanette Mosley: No response
  • City Council Member Kim Roney: No response
  • City Council Member Maggie Ullman: No response
  • City Council Member Sage Turner: No response
  • City Council Member Sheneika Smith: No response

Buncombe County Commission

  • County Commission Chairman Brownie Newman: No response
  • County Commissioner Al Whitesides: No response
  • County Commissioner Amanda Edwards: No response
  • County Commissioner Jasmine Beach-Ferrara: No response
  • County Commissioner Martin Moore: No response
  • County Commissioner Parker Sloane: No response
  • County Commissioner Terri Wells: No response