Asheville Mayor Bellamy says farewell
(Mountain XPress) At a ceremony this evening, outgoing Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy’s portrait joined predecessors on the walls of City Hall. In her final speech, Bellamy touted the city’s low unemployment rate and improved relations with Buncombe County government, thanking many of her colleagues. Bellamy sat in the mayor’s chair for the last time, flags behind her, as she spoke for about a half hour on her time in office. Bellamy had plenty of thanks to go around, including to her family, city staff, local business, nonprofits and neighborhoods, among others. She encouraged even those who disagreed with Council’s policies to remain involved as Mayor-elect Esther Manheimer takes over the leadership.
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