Chad Nesbitt, current chair of the Buncombe County Republican Party, has notified executive committee members he does not plan to seek reelection this spring.
“I’ve got a lot of business plans,” he told the Xpress by phone on Monday, Jan. 4, but he said he is also contemplating running for another office, which he would not identify. “I do have plans to run, but it’s not something I want to announce right now,” Nesbitt said.
Founder of the conservative activist group Carolina Stompers (see Xpress report), Nesbitt has had a fairly high-profile run as party chair, including an early-voting episode of driving a street-sweeper up and down College Street, featuring a sign urging voters to “sweep out the Democrats.” He also used YouTube videos as part of a “guerilla marketing campaign” to entice Republicans to the polls.
Nesbitt, elected to the top seat in the local Republican Party last year, told the Xpress that with the next convention coming in March, he was already aware of two or three “very qualified” people who want to run for the seat he now holds, so he decided to inform the executive committee now that he did not plan to seek a second term.
— Nelda Holder, freelance writer