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About Gwen

Gwen Wisler, Vice Mayor of the Asheville City Council, will run for re-election in 2017.This will mark her second four-year term on the Council, serving as Vice Mayor since 2015.

“Asheville has improved during my tenure in terms of transportation, housing, sustainability and other areas,” said Gwen. “We still have a long way to go, and I would love to continue working on these issues to help improve life for everyone in our community.”

Wisler brings extensive business experience to City Council. Before moving to Asheville with her husband, Lee Pirtle, she served as CEO of the Coleman Company, the outdoor recreation company

“I’m especially motivated by the bond referendum that passed last year,” said Wisler. “I want to make sure that the city spends that money wisely and in accordance with what we told the residents.” 

She serves on 13 governmental boards and chairs three of those, including the Council’s Finance Committee and Planning and Economic Development Committee.

  • Boards and Commissions City Council Committee (chair)
  • Finance City Council Committee (chair)

  • Planning and Economic Development City Council Committee (chair)

  • Governance City Council Committee (member)

  • Housing and Community Development City Council Committee (member)

  • Asheville City Board of Education (liaison); oversees City of Asheville Schools

  • Civil Service Board (Liaison); resolves City employee grievances

  • French Broad River MPO (member); Regional Transportation oversight

  • HUB Community Economic Development Alliance Board (member)

  • Land-of-Sky Regional Council Board (member); Regional planning body

  • Multimodal Transportation Commission (liaison); advises Council on all forms of City transportation

  • Noise Ordinance Appeals Board (liaison); resolves noise complaints

  • Police Officers and Firefighters Disability Review Board (Chair); reviews supplemental disability requests.

“I’m there for the people of Asheville. I work hard to be available and talk to people,” said Wisler. “I want to make sure I’m hearing from a broad range of voices on the issues.”

She’s proud of taking the lead on initiatives to save the City money, including a restructuring of the funding of the WNC Nature Center and cutting losses at the city-owned Aston Park Tennis Center. Gwen values citizen engagement, transparency and fiscal responsibility. If re-elected, she looks forward to working on expanded transit and affordable housing, as well as representing Asheville on the I-26 working group.

Outside of City Council, Gwen is also active in the community:

  • Buncombe County Partnership for Children: Board Member
  • Asheville and Buncombe County Schools – volunteers as a bicycle safety instructor
  • Botanical Gardens at Asheville: President
  • Working Wheels: Advisory Board member
  • Asheville on Bikes: member and volunteer
  • Strive Not to Drive: volunteer
  • Grove Park Sunset Mountain Neighborhood Assn: member


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