Let’s speculate about the 2013 city elections

While national media are already going about the ritual of speculating about the 2016 Presidential elections, it’s not too early for Ashevilleans to start discussing who might run in the 2013 city elections — with the mayorship and three Asheville City Council seats up — and what they’ll fight about.

Will Mayor Terry Bellamy run for a third term? Bellamy has, at this point, served the longest of any mayor since the city changed to its current election system.

If Bellamy does run, will someone on Council still try to take her spot? Vice Mayor Esther Manheimer? Council member Cecil Bothwell (like Bellamy he ran for a congressional seat this year)? Someone else?

Speaking of Council members — Manheimer, Bothwell, and Gordon Smith are all up for re-election. If any, or several, of them, make a run at the mayor’s seat, the race for seats on Council opens up, as none of them could run for two offices at once. There’s no shortage of former candidates and notables in Asheville’s political scene who might see it as the right year to toss their hat into the ring (just one of the many well-used political metaphors we journalists will subject the public to in the months to come).

Who would you like to see in Council chambers come December 2013?

Moving away from the horse-race aspect, there’s no lack of looming issues in Asheville: limited city budget, low wages, rising cost of living, relations with Raleigh, infrastructure, and a tax revaluation, just in case things needed to be more complicated. What issues will dominate the 2013 elections, and what positions would you like to see on them?

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4 thoughts on “Let’s speculate about the 2013 city elections

  1. Thurrston

    Id like to see Smith run for Mayor. He has it. He exudes our city in every way. He promotes us. If its between Bellamy and Manheimer…then Bellamy by a mile. Manheimer is just too developer friendly. And has anyone noticed that she recuses herself from virtually every tough vote…or misses them? I support recusal but at some point we need leaders who have jobs that allow them to vote.

  2. Jim

    I’d like to see Asheville use Instant Runoff Voting to elect the mayor, and Ranked Voting for city councillors.

  3. JUANITA OWENS

    I WOULD LIKE TO SEE ALL OF THEM GONE. I THINK THE CITY OF ASHEVILLE NEED TO START ALL OVER AND PICK HONEST PEOPLE. I THINK WE HAVE THE WORSE OF THE WORSE RIGHT NOW. I WILL BE OUT THERE TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT HOW CORRUPT THIS CITY HAVE BECOME.

  4. bsummers

    The all-caps almost convinced me – had you also put it in bold letters, you would have had me. Alas, I must conclude that you are not serious.

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