Yes, after a one-year hiatus with Patsy Keever’s campaign for Congress, I’m back to blogging. And though I thought seriously about retiring from politics entirely after that intense effort, I’ve agreed to be Cecil Bothwell’s campaign manager for his Asheville City Council reelection campaign.

Today Cecil publicly announced his candidacy:

Now, more than ever, North Carolina needs strong progressive leaders that will stand up to the Republican Party and the corporate interests that want to dominate this state. I’ve consistently led the charge against radical conservatives, and I don’t intend to back down now!

I’m running for a second term on the Asheville City Council. Will you join me?

My goal in serving our community during my first term was to faithfully represent you, the citizens of this city.

I’ve done that these past four years, and I’m willing to devote another four years to fighting the good fight. But not everyone wants to re-elect a committed progressive in Asheville.

In fact, State Rep. Tim Moffitt has publicly singled me out for defeat. Considering his close ties to big money and Art Pope, our campaign could face a well-funded, ultra-conservative opponent.

If you’re reading this, you have likely stood with me before. Can I count on your support in my reelection campaign?

I have consistently been a leading voice for a greener Asheville. From single-stream recycling (the big blue curbside bins) to building and light efficiency, the environment has always been a top priority for me. What’s more, these measures have cut waste, saved money and reduced the city’s carbon footprint.

Perhaps most significantly, I have been your voice on our City Council, sometimes casting the only pro or con vote on important issues, when other members have seemed deaf to popular will. When reelected, I will continue to take a stand on your behalf and for the rights of every citizen in Asheville.

Thank you for taking a moment to read this. I hope you’ll take this opportunity to get involved with our powerful grassroots campaign.

Thank you,

Cecil Bothwell

I hope you’ll join in to reelect a true public servant to Asheville’s City Council. Much more to come on this.

P.S. Please keep in mind that the current appearance is temporary, but it’ll do for now.