Michelle Pace Wood, Democrat, candidate for District 3, Buncombe County Commissioners-attachment0

Michelle Pace Wood, Democrat, candidate for District 3, Buncombe County Commission­ers

Party Democrat Slogan Your Voice For Jobs Profession Small Business Owner Residence Candler Funding Report to be filed soon. Top donors are Ben Pace ($1,000) and Jamie Pace ($1,000). Endorsements None 1. Do you favor A) creating a regional water authority, B) giving the existing system to the Metropolitan Sewerage District or C) leaving it […]

Linda Southard, Republican, candidate for District 3, Buncombe County Commissioners-attachment0

Linda Southard, Republican­, candidate for District 3, Buncombe County Commission­ers

Party Republican Slogan Elect a Citizen, Not a Politician Profession Businesswoman and successful entrepreneur Residence Candler Funding Mostly self-funded. Endorsements Buncombe County Board of Education member Lisa Baldwin, Buncombe Forward 1. Do you favor A) creating a regional water authority, B) giving the existing system to the Metropolitan Sewerage District or C) leaving it under […]

Mike Fryar, Republican, candidate for District 2, Buncombe County Commissioners-attachment0

Mike Fryar, Republican­, candidate for District 2, Buncombe County Commission­ers

Party: Republican Slogan: “Common Sense Solutions” Profession: Small-business owner, former race-car engine builder Residence: Fairview Funding: Top donors are Roy and Becky Ramsey ($750), James Young ($750), Mark Delk ($500), Linsey and Teresa DeBruhl ($250), Mark Meadows ($250), Kelly & Miranda DeBruhl ($250), Albert Sneed ($250) Endorsements: Nathan Ramsey, former chairman, Buncombe County Board of […]

Robert Knapp, Republican candidate for District 3, Buncombe County Commission­ers

Party: Republican Slogan: None Profession: Semiretired CPA Residence: Asheville Funding: “Self-funded. Have contributed $1,000 of my own money to set up the campaign account and will spend about $10,000 more.” Endorsements: “There aren’t usually endorsements in a primary race, so I haven’t felt it prudent to ask for one. All five Republican candidates in District […]

Chuck Archerd

Wide open:No incumbent in District 3 commission­er races

In the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners races, District 3 seems fertile ground for Republicans. Five robust GOP candidates will face off in the May 8 primary, contending for two spots on the November ballot. Encompassing a swath of western Buncombe County that includes Enka/Candler, Leicester, Biltmore Forest and parts of south Asheville, District 3 […]

Bill Reynolds Max Cooper

Six for two: Three Democrats, three Republican­s vie for District 2 commission­er seats

The six candidates in the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners’ District 2 races appear to be contesting a political no man’s land. Although the district was created only last year, the areas it encompasses (from Leicester to Black Mountain and Barnardsville to Fairview) haven’t consistently favored either party. In the May 8 primary, three Republicans […]

Where’s the fat in the Buncombe County budget?

The average Buncombe county family of four pays nearly $1,600 more each year in taxes and fees to Buncombe County than the average North Carolina county resident. Why is this? In the 2011/2012 Buncombe county budget, there is a line item called “Contributions,” which is money given to outside agencies (nonprofits) through grants, contracts or […]

Drill baby drill: Bioreactor manager Kristy Smith stands next to a methane well at the Buncombe County Landfill. The gas is produced as trash decomposes and is then used as fuel to generate electricity. photo by Max Cooper

Buncombe commission­ers: It’s a gas

The Buncombe County commissioners are hoping a new program at the landfill will exemplify an old proverb: "One man's trash is another man's treasure." Their April 3 meeting featured a presentation on the "Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project.” In development for several years, the project uses methane gas produced as trash decomposes to generate electricity. A series […]