For the record: Asheville Primary Twitter coverage via #avlelect hashtag (UPDATED)

Xpressville Tweets tagged with #avlelect, as they appeared on mountainx.com’s moderated feed :

fobes:RT @asheville: AVL city primary turnout at record low: A yr after soaring amid excitement of a presidential.. http://bit.ly/3voMFE Oct. 8, 8:39 am

fobes:RT @ashevilleallie: for those in asheville who were disappointed from the low turnout yesterday: bit.ly/UlW1n Oct. 7, 12:53 pm

fobes:RT @ThunderPig: Initial analysis from AVL election last night…Mannheimer will likely be the one to unseat Mumpower in Nov Oct. 7, 12:52 pm

Fobes_news:RT @Ashevegas: …who’s for who in local elections: Freeborn for Manheimer. Sitnick for Bothwell. Jones for Smith. forces aligning Oct. 7, 12:51 pm

fobes:RT @buncombeGov: Election Results bit.ly/2U6MZZ Oct. 7, 12:51 pm

ThunderPig:Winners in Asheville Determined by GOTV Efforts of Progressive Campaigns j.mp/GOTVAVL #ConsNC Oct. 7, 12:27 pm

edgymama:Congrats to Gordon Smith, Cecil Bothwell and Esther Manheimer for upsetting the incumbents in yesterday’s primary. Oct. 7, 10:04 am

fobes:RT @asheville: #news #asheville Bellamy, Bothwell, 6 others advance in city primary .. bit.ly/3MZXh   Oct. 7, 8:31 am

fobes:RT @asheville: Different reasons attract Asheville voters: In a race with no defining issue… bit.ly/qyBFl   Oct. 7, 8:31 am

fobes:RT@drewreisinger: “It’s pretty evident that voters of strongr liberl persuasn came out insteadof more conservative voters”—Mumpower   Oct. 7, 8:24 am

fobes:RT @gordondsmith: Hey AVL Twitterati – Thanks.  Oct. 7, 8:22 am

fobes:RT @POTUFSS: For the record: AVL Primary Twitter coverage via   hashtag (Mountain Xpress)|Xpressville Tweets.. oohja.com/xx7k Oct. 7, 8:21 am

jensaylor:Also overheard “Its not about money anymore. It’s about the people. It’s about the people!”  Oct. 7, 12:43 am

jensaylor:Westville Pub scene pretty magical tonight. Overheard “Grassroots organizing has come of age in Asheville”  Oct. 7, 12:42 am

ThunderPig:Progressive Landslide is.gd/41NOK (Leslee Kulba recognizes that tonight was bad for conservatives)  #ConsNC Oct. 7, 12:34 am

ThunderPig:The BCGOP spins the results of tonight’s election in #avl is.gd/41Myf   #ConsNC Oct. 7, 12:25 am

fobes: RT @shadmarsh: thanks to the 283 of you who deserve it. Here’s hoping the rest of you develop some strange disease of the genitals   Oct. 6, 11:26 pm

fobes:RT @WLOS_ABC13: Newcomers Lead In Asheville Primary: Mayor Bellamy Cruises into November general election w.. bit.ly/RZ22B   Oct. 6, 11:24 pm

DavidForbes:Manheimer on low turnout: “It’s like nobody cared.. It’s our job to reach out to people, get them to polls by any means possible.”  Oct. 6, 11:08 pm

DavidForbes:Manheimer declined to endorse any other council candidates, but “I’ve got great respect for all of them. I wish them well.”  Oct. 6, 11:06 pm

DavidForbes:Esther Manheimer: “We’ve got a lot of hard work ahead of us. I’m very pleased with the results tonight.”  Oct. 6, 11:04 pm

fobes:RT @ThunderPig:@DavidForbes It didn’t help that Mumpower didn’t even try 2 get votes.If he wants 2 keep his seat,he’ll have 2 work   Oct. 6, 10:38 pm

h0zae:RT @ThunderPig: Asheville Election Results (All Precincts Reporting) j.mp/AVL09pri   #nc #ConsNC #ncgop Oct. 6, 10:31 pm

ThunderPig:Asheville Election Results (All Precincts Reporting) j.mp/AVL09pri   #nc #ConsNC #ncgop Oct. 6, 10:26 pm

DavidForbes:Bothwell said campaign will re-think mobilization efforts in wake of low turnout, expected higher based on early voting numbers.  Oct. 6, 10:23 pm

DavidForbes:When asked, Bothwell wouldn’t endorse other candidates as well. Yet. “I’ll be able to answer that better in about 3 days.”  Oct. 6, 10:21 pm

DavidForbes:Bothwell: “I think there’s a lot of people in Asheville tired of the way big money has run this city.”  Oct. 6, 10:21 pm

DavidForbes:Bothwell on win: “This really establishes what grass roots politics is all about. We had the largest org. and it worked.”  Oct. 6, 10:20 pm

fobes:RT @asheville: Bellamy, Bothwell have strong primary showings; Bellamy cruised in the first test of her re-e.. bit.ly/9EwqT   Oct. 6, 10:17 pm

fobes:RT @stephen_eggett: Low voter turnout today. “The cost of apathy toward public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” …  Oct. 6, 10:16 pm

fobes:.@ThunderPig I think Cape isn’t a write-in candidate until the general elections   Oct. 6, 10:12 pm

DavidForbes:So far, not a friendly year for council incumbents, with Kelly Miller and Carl Mumpower both finishing behind the top 3.  Oct. 6, 10:12 pm

DavidForbes:Council results continued: Jackson 6.7% 1,270 Croft 5.4% 1,034 Bowen 2.9% 540 Romero 2.1% 405 Chastain 1.7% 314   Oct. 6, 10:11 pm

fobes:RT @zenSutherland: True Dat! RT @ThunderPig: @zenSutherland The best way to look at it is that the people who truly cared, voted..  Oct. 6, 10:09 pm

DavidForbes:Results for council: Bothwell 19.6% 3,718 Smith 18.9% 3,573 Manheimer 17.2% 3,275 Miller 13.1% 2,479 Mumpower 12.3% 2,330   Oct. 6, 10:09 pm

fobes:RT @dmmayeux: Three cheers for democracy, local politics & engaged citizenship!  Oct. 6, 10:09 pm

fobes:RT @dmmayeux:Drinking toasts 2 all candidates; special congrats 2 Bothwell,Jackson,Manheimer,Miller,Mumpower,Smith,Bellamy&Edwards   Oct. 6, 10:08 pm

DavidForbes:Results for Mayor: Bellamy 76.2% 5,150 Edwards 17.1% 1,157 Marsh 4.2% 283 Pendleton 2.5% 167   Oct. 6, 10:07 pm

DavidForbes:Voter turnout an all-time low at 11.10%, 7,113 ballots cast.  Oct. 6, 10:05 pm

DavidForbes:Cecil Bothwell, Gordon Smith, Esther Manheimer, Kelly Miller, Carl Mumpower and J. Neal Jackson will vie for the 3 council seats.  Oct. 6, 10:05 pm

bpostelle:Robin Cape meet and greet wrapping up at the Wedge.  Oct. 6, 10:04 pm

DavidForbes:Asheville primary winners, ALL precincts reporting. Mayor: Incumbent Terry Bellamy will face Robert Edwards.  Oct. 6, 10:03 pm

mountainxpress:it is blues night at the westville, but gordon smith couldnt be happier.  Oct. 6, 10:01 pm

ThunderPig:Question: Robin Cape was running as a write-in candidate. When will the results on her numbers be in?  Oct. 6, 9:56 pm

mountainxpress:gordon smith just thanked his supporters gathered at the westville.  Oct. 6, 9:55 pm

mountainxpress:gordon smith just took a congratulatory call from cecil bothwell.  Oct. 6, 9:54 pm

bpostelle:Volunteer chant in crowd at Smith party: “We’re number two!”  Oct. 6, 9:50 pm

bpostelle:Smith on stage at Westville Pub cheering supporters and pitching sustaiability, affordable housing, multi-mode transportation.  Oct. 6, 9:48 pm

ThunderPig:@DavidForbes No big issues on the burner locally.  Oct. 6, 9:46 pm

ThunderPig:Raising a separate beer to @shadmarsh, the single bright spot in an otherwise dull primary season.  Oct. 6, 9:45 pm

DavidForbes:In 2003, 16% of Asheville voted in the primary, in 2005 16.9%, in 2007 13%. Tonight, maybe 12%. Why the decline?  Oct. 6, 9:45 pm

ThunderPig:Raising a very rare beer to Cecil Bothwell, Gordon Smith, Esther Manheimer, Kelly Miller, Carl Mumpower & J. Neal Jackson.  Oct. 6, 9:44 pm

itswendylou:@DavidForbes drinking at home :)  Oct. 6, 9:42 pm

itswendylou:RT @DavidForbes While waiting for that last precinct, where’ll you voters be raising a drink in victory (or consolation) tonight?  Oct. 6, 9:42 pm

DavidForbes:While we’re waiting for that last precinct, where will you voters be raising a drink in victory (or consolation) tonight?  Oct. 6, 9:41 pm

bpostelle:Gordon Smith prepares to take Westville stage as soon as last precincts in. Says won’t affect Bothwell, Smith, Manheimer ranks.  Oct. 6, 9:36 pm

fobes:RT @arratik: 35/37 precincts reporting, 10.74% turnout. sigh.  #fb Oct. 6, 9:35 pm

DavidForbes:Results as of 9:29 pm. 7,113 ballots counted. One precinct to go…  Oct. 6, 9:35 pm

fobes:RT @dmmayeux: My precinct, 2.1 (Montford) in #Asheville voted for Bothwell, Smith and Manheimer; Bellamy and Marsh.  Oct. 6, 9:35 pm

fobes:RT @ashevillein: less than 1 in 10 people voted. amazing.  Oct. 6, 9:35 pm

DavidForbes:Council results, % so far: Bothwell 19 Smith 19 Manheimer 17 Miller 13 Mumpower 12 Jackson 7 Croft 5 Bowen 3 Romero 2 Chastain 2   Oct. 6, 9:34 pm

DavidForbes:New   results, with 36 of 37 precincts in. Mayor: Bellamy 76 Edwards 17 Marsh 4 Pendleton 2 Oct. 6, 9:33 pm

DavidForbes:The last council primary, in 2007, saw 13% turnout. That was the lowest since Asheville moved to nonpartisan elections in 1994.  Oct. 6, 9:32 pm

DavidForbes:Voter turnout is at 10.74% This could be a record low turnout for a city primary.  Oct. 6, 9:30 pm

DavidForbes:Those results are of 9:20 pm, with only 2 precincts to go. 6,879 ballots casts.  Oct. 6, 9:29 pm

ThunderPig:Check the NC State Board of Elections Page for latest results j.mp/AVL09Prim   Last report 9.20 Oct. 6, 9:28 pm

DavidForbes:Council results, % so far: Bothwell 19 Smith 19 Manheimer 17 Miller 13 Mumpower 12 Jackson 7 Croft 6 Bowen 3 Romero 2 Chastain 2   Oct. 6, 9:28 pm

DavidForbes:New   results, with 35 of 37 precincts in. Mayor: Bellamy 76 Edwards 17 Marsh 4 Pendleton 2 Oct. 6, 9:26 pm

ThunderPig:#AVL City Council: Bothwell 19.5 Smith 18.8 Manheimer 17.3 Miller 13.3 Mumpower 12.3 Jackson 6.7 (on the bubble) Croft 5.4   Oct. 6, 9:24 pm

DavidForbes:Only four precincts to go in   Oct. 6, 9:19 pm

DavidForbes:Results as of 9:13 pm, 6,740 ballots counted.  Oct. 6, 9:18 pm

bpostelle:Westville Pub selling “Gordon Smith Wings.” $1.50 goes to Smith’s campaign.  Oct. 6, 9:18 pm

DavidForbes:Council results, % so far: Bothwell 20 Smith 19 Manheimer 17 Miller 13 Mumpower 12 Jackson 7 Croft 5 Bowen 3 Romero 2 Chastain 2   Oct. 6, 9:17 pm

DavidForbes:New   results by %, with 33 of 37 precincts in. Mayor: Bellamy 77 Edwards 17 Marsh 4 Pendleton 2 Oct. 6, 9:16 pm

bpostelle:Still waiting on last 10 districts? Us too.  Oct. 6, 9:14 pm

mountainxpress:a bouyant cecil bothwell is leading the vote count and congratulating his supporters.  Oct. 6, 9:12 pm

fobes:RT Xpress: kelly miller says he’s happy to be among the top six tonight.  Oct. 6, 9:00 pm

fobes:RT @BrentN: Asheville City Council Election results map: bit.ly/10fT9h   Oct. 6, 8:49 pm

mountainxpress:kelly miller’s party is not subdued, but i think he’d be happier w a stronger finish.  Oct. 6, 8:49 pm

fobes:RT @jenbowen: 3% of the vote for a gal who had to drop out isn’t too bad – thanks #Asheville!  Oct. 6, 8:49 pm

ThunderPig:RT @BrentN Asheville City Council Election results map: bit.ly/10fT9h   Oct. 6, 8:48 pm

bpostelle:Miller: primary turnout “disappointing” but “thanks to everyone who did vote.”  Oct. 6, 8:41 pm

DavidForbes:Results as of 8:30 pm, with 6,042 ballots counted.  Oct. 6, 8:34 pm

DavidForbes:Council results, % so far: Bothwell 20 Smith 20 Manheimer 17 Miller 13 Mumpower 12 Jackson 7 Croft 5 Bowen 3 Romero 2 Chastain 2   Oct. 6, 8:33 pm

DavidForbes:New   results by %, with 27 of 37 precincts in. Mayor: Bellamy 77 Edwards 16 Marsh 4 Pendleton 2 Oct. 6, 8:32 pm

DavidForbes:Those results are as of 8:16 pm, 5,587 ballots so far.  Oct. 6, 8:23 pm

DavidForbes:Council results, % so far: Bothwell 20 Smith 20 Manheimer 17 Miller 13 Mumpower 12 Jackson 6 Croft 5 Bowen 3 Romero 2 Chastain 2   Oct. 6, 8:21 pm

DavidForbes:New   results by %, with 23 of 37 precincts in. Mayor: Bellamy 77 Edwards 16 Marsh 4 Pendleton 2 Oct. 6, 8:20 pm

DavidForbes:Those are the results as of 8:10 pm with 18 of 37 precincts reporting. 4,635 ballots cast.  Oct. 6, 8:16 pm

bpostelle:Crowded around computer reading incoming results at Bothwell headquarters ie: Early Girl.  Oct. 6, 8:16 pm

DavidForbes:Council results, % so far: Bothwell 21 Smith 20 Manheimer 18 Miller 13 Mumpower 11 Jackson 6 Croft 5 Bowen 3 Romero 2 Chastain 2   Oct. 6, 8:15 pm

fobes:RT @gordondsmith: 18 of 37 reporting: Cecil 20.75%, Gordon 19.76% 1st and 2nd place.  Oct. 6, 8:15 pm

DavidForbes:New   numbers, by %. Mayor: Bellamy 77 Edwards 16 Marsh 4 Pendleton 3 Oct. 6, 8:13 pm

fobes:RT @dmmayeux: The amount of info Buncombe Co. Board of Elections is/will be providing online is amazing   bit.ly/4djed6 Oct. 6, 8:12 pm

fobes:RT @dmmayeux:Excellent, BuncombeCo Gov. now tweets. @bucombegov Also,watch for Primary updates as they come in bit.ly/o1OIW   Oct. 6, 8:12 pm

DavidForbes:So far, w/ 8 precincts counted, 2,828 ballots cast.  Oct. 6, 8:08 pm

mountainxpress:at usual suspects, esther manheimer is watcing for results w/ group of about 10 family and friends.  Oct. 6, 8:08 pm

DavidForbes:Council results by % so far: Bothwell 21 Smith 19 Manheimer 18 Miller 14 Mumpower 10 Jackson 5 Croft 4 Bowen 3 Romero 2 Chastain 1   Oct. 6, 8:06 pm

mountainxpress:more than half the primary voters voted early, according to word i’m getting.  Oct. 6, 8:06 pm

DavidForbes:Results update, w/8 precincts reporting. Mayor: Bellamy 78% Edwards 14% Marsh 5% Pendleton 2%  Oct. 6, 8:02 pm

DavidForbes:Last board of elections report from 7:47 pm. Too early to tell results, only 1 or 2 (or 0) votes counted in many precincts.  Oct. 6, 8:00 pm

DavidForbes:So far only a tiny # of votes, 23 votes for mayor, 66 for council counted. More coming soon.  Oct. 6, 7:51 pm

edgymama:It’s OK. You’re not a soccer mom. We always vote. RT @bruisinales: Feeling non-voter guilt for not participating in primaries of . Oct. 6, 7:51 pm

DavidForbes:Follow Asheville City Council and Mayoral primary results as they roll in. bit.ly/4djed6 #mxnow   Oct. 6, 7:50 pm

fobes:RT @bruisinales: Feeling non-voter guilt for not participating in primaries of   . Just too exhausted & decided not to go out today. Oct. 6, 7:24 pm

itswendylou:thinking about heading down to the Wedge for a beer + some election news #asheville   Oct. 6, 6:58 pm

fobes:RT @lindseyrocket: 1.5 hrs left to vote!! …  Oct. 6, 6:06 pm

fobes:View up to the minute election results at Board of Elections site bit.ly/o1OIW   Oct. 6, 5:29 pm

fobes:RT @marlamilling:voted   Surprised that my call for recommndatns netted 1 tweet.Looks like few social media savvy council contenders Oct. 6, 3:41 pm

fobes:RT @S_MichaelWilson: RT @AvlArtsCenter: hopes all you arts supporters in Asheville voted for city council today! Please RT.  Oct. 6, 3:40 pm

fobes:RT @Agnes_Cheek: Note to candidates. I can’t vote for you… Don’t annex me unless you will help to pay my more than doubled taxes   Oct. 6, 2:47 pm

fobes:RT @Agnes_Cheek: C’mon folks! Let’s see more than 11% turnout for Primaries this time around! There r 64,061 of u eligible to vote   Oct. 6, 2:47 pm

fobes:2:10pm RT @brainshrub: 45 people have voted at Reid Center as of this post.  Oct. 6, 2:46 pm

fobes:RT @drewreisinger: Shad Marsh reminds voters why it is imp to vote for him. VIDEO: bit.ly/AGFB7   Best video award this elctn Oct. 6, 1:44 pm

fobes:RT @drewreisinger: There’ll be a great Post-Election AfterParty @ Westville Pub in support of Gordon Smith for Council. 7:30 til ?  Oct. 6, 1:43 pm

fobes:RT @Agnes_Cheek: who are people voting for in avl primaries on takeastandshow.com today frm 3-6   Oct. 6, 1:07 pm

fobes:RT @Agnes_Cheek: man on the street intrviews for avl election! find out wat people are thinking @3pm   Oct. 6, 1:07 pm

fobes:RT @WLOS_ABC13: Asheville Primary: bit.ly/pPdfp   Oct. 6, 12:41 pm

fobes:RT @jenbowen: Cause everyone needs to enjoy this Mad Tea Party classic 2day: Baby Its Time to Vote! tinyurl.com/y9v4ocv   Oct. 6, 12:40 pm

h0zae:rt @DavidForbes: Ashevilleans, here’s a handy tool for finding your polling place quickly and easily. bit.ly/6c9hr   Oct. 6, 12:35 pm

fobes:11:50am RT @drewreisinger: 64 voters have voted at the W Avl Library. … 74 at Vance Elementary.  Oct. 6, 12:28 pm

fobes:RT @gordondsmith:It would be great if all u social media folks would go thru yr phones, call AVL residents & get them to the polls   Oct. 6, 12:27 pm

fobes:noon RT @drewreisinger: WLOS just reported there are few if any polls who had more than 100 turn out so far.  Oct. 6, 12:26 pm

fobes:RT @TheDanielsGroup: I was the only person at my polling place (Pres. church on Edgewood) at 11:30.  Oct. 6, 12:25 pm

edgymama:Primary day in Asheville. I voted, have you?  Oct. 6, 12:22 pm

DavidForbes:Ashevilleans, here’s a handy tool for finding your polling place quickly and easily. bit.ly/6c9hr   Oct. 6, 12:20 pm

fobes:RT @drewreisinger: UNCA is marching to the Polls at 12:30 [pm] Meet in front of the caf. Then vote for Gordon Smith!  Oct. 6, 11:47 am

fobes:RT @drewreisinger: Forgot where you vote? Type your name in at NC BOE & it will tell u your polling location: bit.ly/L7DFZ   Oct. 6, 11:41 am

fobes:11:35am RT @asheville: Voting is slow so far in Asheville primary election … bit.ly/3pnFzE   Oct. 6, 11:36 am

fobes:RT @Ashevegas: Who is behind Progressive Research Group, which is attacking 3 AVL Council candidates? tinyurl.com/yapl7uz   Oct. 6, 11:20 am

fobes:9:52am RT @brainshrub: About 16 people have voted at Reid Center as of this post. (I’m handing out fliers here for Gordon Smith.)  Oct. 6, 11:12 am

fobes:Ashvegas says it’s hard to get excited about election because results r obvious. Prediction here: tinyurl.com/yewmkh6   Oct. 6, 11:07 am

fobes:RT @Ashevegas: at 9:35 am, there have been 9 voters to vote at my polling place, Eliada Homes. dismal.  Oct. 6, 11:04 am

ThunderPig:RT @ashevegas who is behind the Progressive Research Group? tinyurl.com/yapl7uz   (dunno, but I got the email too) Oct. 6, 10:33 am

itswendylou:Just voted at Kenilworth presbytarian   Oct. 6, 10:30 am

jonelliston:I was voter 20 at a quiet precinct 1   Oct. 6, 9:42 am

jensaylor:  From paveitall.com Kelly Miller: Republican in the voting booth, Democrat on the ticket? bit.ly/1abN6B Oct. 6, 9:16 am

jensaylor:  paveitall.com: painfully slanted but interesting site on candidates & developers: bit.ly/aivzv Oct. 6, 9:15 am

fobes:8:47am RT @ashevillein: wife and I were voters 10 and 11 at Distrct 26.1   Oct. 6, 9:13 am

fobes:RT @bkorzeniewski: Thanks to Karen Brinson for the reminder: City of AVL Primary Today… polls open from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM   Oct. 6, 9:09 am

fobes:RT @asheville: Asheville voters double early turnout: Despite a race that some say lacks a defining issue… bit.ly/SrVgL   Oct. 6, 9:04 am

fobes:mon 10pm RT @h0zae: just enabled   on bit.ly/ll1Qj (mobile bit.ly/3veTpB ) #mxnow Oct. 6, 8:55 am

itswendylou:Progressives, when you’re led by noserings to vote straight ticket, consider tr.im/AP58   (via @arratik) Oct. 6, 8:31 am

h0zae:voting in Asheville today – starts at 630 a.m.  Oct. 6, 7:37 am

topfloorstudio:RT @Jerimee: @gordondsmith: twitpic.com/kg15z – Bicycle Brigade has a pick for AVL City Council.  Oct. 6, 1:58 am

h0zae:@itswendylou ha :) thanks – quick night of something for the   since I cant vote… Oct. 5, 10:48 pm

topfloorstudio:Go, @h0zae, go! AshevilleMedia.com is now election centered.  Oct. 5, 10:47 pm

itswendylou:RT @h0zae: just enabled   on ashevillemedia.com (mobile m.ashevillemedia.com ) @fobes @mountainxpress Oct. 5, 10:13 pm

h0zae:just enabled   on ashevillemedia.com (mobile m.ashevillemedia.com ) @fobes @mountainxpress Oct. 5, 10:11 pm

itswendylou:I’m voting tomorrow, who’s going with me?  Oct. 5, 10:11 pm

jensaylor:RT @fobes Follow & contribute to Asheville election coverage using the hashtag . This feed will also appear on mountainx.com Oct. 5, 10:08 pm

itswendylou:RT @fobes Follow & contribute to Asheville election coverage using the hashtag . This feed will also appear on mountainx.com #mxnow Oct. 5, 9:23 pm

fobes:Follow & contribute to Asheville election coverage on twitter using hashtag   Feed will also appear on mountainx.com #mxnow Oct. 5, 4:14 pm

h0zae:RT @juneallison: I wish owning a business within #avl city limits qualified you for voting for city council.  Oct. 5, 4:11 pm

mountainxpress:where are the other parties? RT @gordondsmith: Election Night Party at Westville Pub – Oct. 6th, 7:30 – ?  – bit.ly/4fJFn6 Oct. 5, 4:08 pm

mountainxpress:RT @WLOS_ABC13: Asheville PrimaryVoters in Asheville head to the polls tomorrow.  bit.ly/Zqwz2 Oct. 5, 4:04 pm

mountainxpress:@h0zae would you be interested in turning www.ashevillemedia.com over to   for Tuesday? Oct. 5, 4:03 pm

mountainxpress:we plan to prominently display   tweets on the www.mountainx.com main page Oct. 5, 4:02 pm

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About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism.

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