Honoring Mayor Bellamy
Terry Bellamy's time in office comes to an emotional end at Asheville City Hall Monday night. The departing mayor, who served two terms in Asheville, was honored at a special ceremony. Bellamy's portrait was unveiled and then hung on the mayor's wall.
When Bellamy was elected mayor, she had already served six years on city council. She became the youngest mayor in North Carolina and was the first African American mayor in Asheville history. In a special statement before Monday's ceremony, Bellamy told the public this journey has taught her you can do anything you want to do.
Bellamy admits her eight years in office weren't always easy, but she swears she never stopped trying to make this city better. In her tenure, she says nearly 3,000 affordable housing units were built in the community. Bellamy was also instrumental in refurbishing the water line system. She is proud to say Asheville still has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state.
Bellamy says she owes everything to others. In her last address, she gives thanks beginning with her husband.
"You are my love, my strength you are the wind beneath my wings and I truly love you can you help me recognize my hero Lamont Bellamy," said Bellamy.
She passed along gratitude to the Mountain Housing Authority, the Chamber of Commerce, city employees and the residents of downtown. It was only when she began talking about other elected officials that Bellamy became emotional.
Last week, Bellamy announced she would not be running for Congress. However, she says she will remain committed to the community through volunteering, her contributions and her time and talents.