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Reisinger first register of deeds in South to accept same-sex marriage licenses

Today Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger became the first in the South to accept same-sex marriage licenses, as 10 couples requested them as part of an effort organized by the Campaign for Southern Equality. However, Reisinger stopped short of issuing the documents, saying that while he believes the state ban on same-sex marriage is in conflict with the U.S. Constitution, he will first formally request that North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper allow the marriages to proceed.

Center for Diverstity Education Director Deborah Miles and APD Officer Ervin Hunter stand before a new exhibit honoring local slave history. Thirteen years ago, Hunter was one of about 20 high school students hired to do research that illuminated the lives of Buncombe County slaves such as Sarah Gudger (pictured in the middle). Photos by Max Cooper.

Bought & Sold: Forgotten documents highlight local slave history

In Buncombe County, thousands of slaves toiled as cooks, farmers, tour guides, maids, blacksmiths, tailors, miners, farmers, road builders and more, local records show. And after mostly ignoring that troubled history for a century and a half, the county is now taking groundbreaking steps to honor the contributions of those former residents by making its slave records readily available online.

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Exhibit spotlights hidden local African-American history

The Buncombe County Register of Deeds Office has opened an exhibit to commemorate the 150-year anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and to remember those who were enslaved and their immeasurable contributions to our community. Along with the exhibit, the county has produced a short documentary, Forever Free, which features historians and descendants of slaves speaking on the significance of these records and the importance of acknowledging our past. Watch it here.

Upholding state law is a public servant’s duty

Register of deeds swearing-in ceremony, March 1, 2011: “I, Drew Reisinger, do hereby solemnly swear that I will support and maintain … the Constitution and laws of North Carolina, not inconsistent therewith … .” Asheville Citizen-Times article, April 22: “Reisinger, who by state law was forced to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples […]

Appointment is not democracy

On July 26, 2011 the following was printed in the Mountain Xpress article “Field of Schemes?” about the proposed new Statehouse districts: “‘Less than a quarter of Buncombe County's population is Republican,’ noted Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger, who was Democratic Rep. Patsy Keever's campaign manager. ‘Yet they've drawn the districts so there will likely […]

Elect Pat Cothran, the experienced candidate

When Drew Reisinger was appointed to fulfill Otto DeBruhl’s unexpired term, the March 3 Mountain Xpress article, “A Done Deed,” reported on the Democratic Party’s choice: “The committee — made up of Buncombe County precinct chairs and vice chairs, Democratic elected officials and other party leaders — chose Reisinger, a 27-year-old party activist. … But […]

Reisinger is a 21st century man

While Drew Reisinger’s accomplishments as register of deeds are impressive, they are not the least bit surprising. I had the privilege of working with Drew before he was elected to public office and was always struck by his energy, his creativity in addressing a challenge, and his ability to lead and inspire others while still […]

Drew Reisinger is a proven asset to Buncombe County

I’m voting for Drew Reisinger for Buncombe County register of deeds. In his short time in office, he has been efficient, effective and fair while accomplishing much. He cut the office’s annual budget by $238,500 while improving access and convenience by implementing e-recording, new technology and credit-card payments. He has pledged to continue finding new […]

Consider Drew Reisinger’s good deeds

Drew Reisinger currently holds the office of register of deeds and is running for re-election in Buncombe County. He has created an office of accessibility and responsibility in his short time as the register of deeds. He should be given a strong vote of confidence by the community for what he has done so far, […]

Mad about Drew

Drew Reisinger, our Buncombe County Register of Deeds, is my dear friend. He is also a former Obama organizer, statesman, outdoorsman, hiker, rafter, runner, gardener, compost maker, equality ally, labor ally, environmental ally, fairness ally, business ally, West Asheville resident, Boone graduate, rib-eye grillmaster, young professional, Ford driver (manual), technology geek, bluegrass dancer, loving husband […]

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Buncombe County Register of Deeds responds to WE DO campaign

Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger upheld state law Oct. 3 by denying a marriage license to a number of same-sex couples, including Rev. Kathryn Cartledge and Elizabeth Eve, her partner of 30 years, among others. They were joined by a group of supporters including state House Rep. Patsy Keever and Asheville City Council member Gordon Smith, both of whom Reisinger supported in their respective elections. Later that day, Reisinger posted the following thoughts on his Facebook page