Rosalyn Kociemba & ITom Kociemba whole heartedly endorse Rich Lee for City Council.
Besides work and family, Rich is chair of Buncombe County Triad, a combined effort by local law enforcement, health providers, businesses and nonprofits to tackle fraud and criminal exploitation of senior citizens. He is a member of the Senior Volunteer Services Advisory Committee at Land-of-Sky Regional Council, a board member of Western North Carolina Group Homes for Autism, and a past board member of Bountiful Cities Project, a 15-year-old Asheville nonprofit dedicated to teaching urban agriculture and fostering community gardens.
On infrastructure issues, Rich is active in his own neighborhood, advocating for safe biking and walking routes on Haywood Road and residential streets. He led East West Asheville’s advocacy for a greenway connection between French Broad River Park and the RiverLink bridge, leading up to Duke Energy’s donation of 48 acres of land to the city in 2014. As a member of the City of Asheville Greenway Committee, Rich has taken a role in prioritizing the next five years of greenway planning in the city, pushing for the development of East Asheville’s Swannanoa River Greenway. He is also a member of the I26 ConnectUs Project, a group working to advance community concerns around the I-26 Connector.