With all precincts reporting, turnout in the Nov. 5 city of Asheville elections was low, but the results were decisive. Vice Mayor Esther Manheimer defeated former city risk manager John Miall by a considerable margin to become the next mayor. Former Coleman CEO Gwen Wisler, along with incumbents Gordon Smith and Cecil Bothwell, also won Asheville City Council seats by a large number of votes. Photo by Nick King.
With Halloween and the Asheville city elections so closely aligned, we offer both some scary art (by cartoonists Brent Brown and Randy Molton) and the candidates’ replies to five key questions.
Come midevening on Nov. 5, Asheville voters will have picked their new mayor and three City Council members. There are two mayoral candidates and five Council contenders (of whom two are incumbents). In a series of forums, what positions have the candidates taken? How have they responded to voter questions? Look for recent stories at mountainx.com/election, and check these excerpts from the candidates answers.
Over the past week, Xpress ran interviews with each of the five Asheville City Council candidates running this year. Here, for your voting perusal, are all the interviews in one place.
This is the fourth in a series of interviews with Asheville City Council candidates, this time with Council member Cecil Bothwell, who’s running for a second term. Photo by Max Cooper.
At Asheville City Council’s Oct. 22 meeting, two major items come up for a vote: a civil liberties resolution and the 209-unit proposed RAD Lofts project.
Thursday night’s City Council candidate forum did not end with closing statements about the vision candidates have for the city, but with a heated shouting match between council member Cecil Bothwell and Jonathan Wainscott.
The final question asked of Asheville’s two mayoral and five city council candidates did not focus on the usual inquires raised during this municipal election. It wasn’t about the economy. It wasn’t about jobs. It wasn’t about the police department — though it certainly touched on all of those topics. And it had nothing to do with the Asheville Art Museum. (Photo by Max Cooper)
With less than a month left before the general election, the five Asheville City Council candidates vying for three seats voiced their views on economic development, city management, relations with Raleigh and more at tonight’s League of Women Voters forum.
For the first time this campaign season, Asheville City Council candidates faced each other, focusing on transportation issues at the Get There Asheville forum earlier this evening. While it had its light moments, the event also saw the contenders express different views on issues of spending, infrastructure and transit priorities.
Incumbent Asheville City Council member Cecil Bothwell announced Feb. 20 that he’ll seek a second term.
Last week made it clear the city of Asheville’s political season is off to an early start, as this year’s elections will determine the majority of seats on Asheville City Council. Two mayoral candidates (Vice Mayor Esther Manheimer and former city staffer John Miall) have already declared, and Council member Cecil Bothwell says that he’ll run for another term. Photo by Max Cooper
An assertion by Asheville City Council member Cecil Bothwell that the city’s ordinance banning firearms on city property should mean an end to gun shows here is unlikely to hinder this weekend’s show at the WNC Agricultural Center. State law restricts localities’ ability to regulate or prohibit gun shows, and city staff are currently looking into the implications of those rules.
Amid an emerging dispute over allowing gun shows on city property, the Asheville Tea Party will draw the winning raffle tickets for its controversial “Great Gun Giveaway” fundraiser Jan. 5 in the parking lot of the WNC Agricultural Center during the Land of Sky Gun and Knife Show.
Some analysis of the biggest surprises from Tuesday’s primary elections and what they mean for Asheville.
With election day, May 8, approaching fast, Cecil Bothwell is bashing his main rival in the 11th Congressional District Democratic primary, Hayden Rogers, for taking campaign donations from the payday loan industry.
On Sunday morning, April 15, Twitter raconteur and political inside/outsider Michael Muller, who is running several current Republican campaigns, engaged 11th Congressional District candidate Cecil Bothwell, Democrat, in an exchange.
The Brevard College jazz ensemble played in the lobby before two of the democratic candidates for the 11th congressional district, Cecil Bothwell and Tom Hill, tried to hit all the right notes with voters during a debate on March 22. The third democratic candidate running in this race, Hayden Rogers, was unable to attend.
Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Brevard College will host a congressional debate for the Democratic candidates running for the 11th Congressional District. Cecil Bothwell and Tom Hill will face each other tonight. Hayden Rogers says he was unable to attend this debate due to a scheduling conflict. Use #avlelect to appear in our Twitter feed.
In the President’s State of the Union speech, he masterfully called America to rally to the vision of inclusiveness and fairness he has sought to implement through his presidency. Despite shrill Republican propaganda to the contrary, Obama has accomplished saving the country from complete financial meltdown, even over the unbridled and, at times, irrational opposition […]
Over 200 people showed up for a rally this afternoon protesting the Citizens United decision and calling for a constitutional amendment banning corporate personhood. The protesters marched from Pritchard Park to the federal building in downtown Asheville. Photo by Bill Rhodes
Council member Cecil Bothwell tells Xpress that he’ll propose that the city of Asheville move its funds to local banks, and push to pass such a measure in the coming year.
Photo by Max Cooper