In an email to Xpress, Asheville Vice Mayor Esther Manheimer declares that she will run for mayor.
“Our challenges and opportunities have multiplied, and I see that our need for inclusive, inspired, strategic leadership on council is perhaps greater than ever,” Manheimer writes. “Because I am committed to providing that leadership, I will ask for the people’s support to be elected as Asheville’s next mayor.”
Last week, the city’s former director of risk manager John Miall declared his candidacy. Incumbent Mayor Terry Bellamy hasn’t yet confirmed if she’ll run for a third term. Manheimer, an attorney with the Van Winkle law firm, was elected to Asheville City Council in 2009 and selected as Vice Mayor by her colleagues in 2011. She chairs Council’s Finance and Planning/Economic Development Committees as well as representing the city on the Metropolitan Sewerage District board.