With two incumbents still undecided and one week left in the filing period, five candidates — Tim Peck, Saul Chase, Marc Hunt, Mark Cates and current Council member Bill Russell — are officially running for Asheville City Council.
Filing began a week ago, with Hunt and Russell the first to file. Earlier that day, Russell announced he had decided to run for another term. Hunt, the city’s Greenway Commission chair, declared his candidacy in April, focusing on environmental and sustainability issues. Yesterday, Chase, a retired school teacher and former Boone town council member, announced he would run, focusing on infrastructure issues. Peck, a local blogger and libertarian activist, has released a statement of his philosophical principles, and filed today.
Other candidates, including Haw Creek Neighborhood Association President Chris Pelly and Timothy Sadler of RelyLocalAsheville, announced runs for office earlier, but have yet to officially file.
Vice Mayor Brownie Newman and Council member Jan Davis remain publicly undecided on running for another term. The Oct. 11 primary will narrow the field of candidates to six, and the top three vote-getters in the Nov. 8 general election will go on to Council.
— David Forbes, senior news reporter