Campaign links: Terry Bellamy (D-NC-10)
Terry Michelle Bellamy
Terry Bellamy Congressional Candidate North Carolina District 10
Biography of Terry Bellamy from the City of Asheville, NC
Asheville citizens elected Terry M. Bellamy to serve as Mayor of the City of Asheville in November 2005. Since her election, she has made continuous efforts to improve city programs through lobbying our state and federal legislators. Through these efforts, she successfully spearheaded an effort along with citizens to receive the United States Department of Justice’s Weed and Seed site designation for the West Riverside Neighborhood. This effort has allowed the Weed and Seed area to receive two grants over the past two years for $175,000 and $200,000, respectively.
The Mayor was active at the forefront of the planning of the City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy. CAYLA seeks to empower youth in our area by giving them the opportunity to work in various offices with the City and County. This experience offers them great opportunities for career building and education enhancement. Each student receives approximately $7 an hour as well as $2,000 toward their NC 529 college savings fund.
Mayor Bellamy was also principal in implementing a $40 million in revenue bonds to refurbish the water line system for the long term enhancement of our community waterlines. This bond project provides upgraded material and better service to our citizens.
Mayor Bellamy currently serves as a member of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Land-of-Sky Regional Council, the Metropolitan Sewage District Board, she received the honor of being appointed to the 21st Century Transportation Committee by Governor Mike Easley, was appointed to serve on the Joint Legislative Committee on Housing, and most recently, was chosen to serve on the North Carolina League of Municipalities Board of Directors.
During Mayor Bellamy’s tenure, Asheville has received numerous accolades and recognitions including the city’s designation as a Fit Community for 2006-2009; the Preserve America designation awarded by First Lady Laura Bush; one of the Top 25 Best Green Places by Country Home; one of the world’s top 12 Must-See Destinations by Frommer’s; one of the top 10 Best Places for Business and Careers by Forbes; one of 50 Smart Cities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and; the second best Arts Destination by AmericanStyle magazine in 2008.